Bordeaux 2017 can resemble 1985

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  26 April 2018 In assessing the 2017 vintage, some have conjured the dreaded -7 digit, with images of aquatic 1987 reds, or – heaven forbid – insipid 1977 vintage reds. 1967 is not as bad as some would say (as I found out at a -7 vertical at Château Smith […]

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Bordeaux 2017

Bye-bye big buzz, hello nuance By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  11 April 2018 It is mid week of the official en primeur week, when thousands of merchants and hacks like yours truly descend to Bordeaux to taste, swirl and spit hundreds of wines in a mad rush to get tasting notes and impressions published. But […]

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Bordeaux 2017

The “multiple” vintage 8 April 2017 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  “The only candle I lit was the one at church,” quipped Guillaume Thienpont of Vieux Château Certan, where the terrible frost of late April that struck many other estates in Bordeaux did not reach his estate. Some estates used large candles (or bougies) to […]

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Is Bordeaux “the new Burgundy”?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 31 March 2018 What in the heck prompted this title? Believe it or not, a dear friend who has been on allocation lists for the last 15 years or so of some of the top Burgundy producers. When I went to Burgundy earlier this month for a tasting of Clos […]

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Tasting 2017 Bordeaux barrel samples: Coming soon!

Press Release from the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 28 March 2018 En Primeur Week, organised by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux – an intense time for wine producers and Bordeaux négociants – will be presenting the 2017 vintage to the international wine trade from Monday the 9 to Thursday the 12 […]

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Eating well in Alsace

Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg (restaurant review) By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 March 2018 OK so it cost me more than €120 … but lunch here was fabulous. I had enjoyed lunch here a few years back with a work colleague and it was a positive experience for about the same price. But this time, it […]

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Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: Conclusions

Very good to great By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 20 March 2018 Dear readers, pretty much all my notes on Bordeaux 2015 from bottle – many wines assessed since late November last year – are online. Including, finally, some splendid wines from Sauternes and Barsac. For a quick look at each section, here the links […]

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Alsace 2016: the paradoxical vintage

Deceptively soft spoken Zind-Humbrecht 19 March 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  Another year, and another chance to taste the fine wines crafted at Domaine Zind Humbrecht. Known to produce some of the best Alsatian wines sold in both France and in international markets, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht also offers a “bird’s eye” view of each vintage […]

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Splendid Sauternes 2015

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  12 March 2018 Having tasted through some 2015s with Jane Anson, I can only agree with her assessment (and that of Ian d’Agata) in Decanter that in 2015, Sauternes are “some of the highest scorers, along with Pomerol and St-Emilion.” Ian adds: “It’s an outstanding vintage, with many fleshy, rich […]

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Saint Emilion 2015: Changing Tides

2015 from bottle shows return to freshness, if not for all estates … By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  11 March 2018 When assessing more 2015 Bordeaux from bottle at the UGCB tasting in New York, I was struck by just how much fresher some Right Bank wines especially tasted: wines that had not too long […]

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