Through the years with Château Figeac

Going back to 1949, but looking forward to new cellars By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  17 June 2018 Some of the best wine experiences I can recall involve older vintages of Château Figeac. Take for example a dinner in Saint Emilion that did not happen: hail destroyed table settings just as participants were enjoying magnums of […]

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Divine Alsace

Competitive wine prices and friendly faces By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 June 2018 It was an enjoyable wine evening earlier this month, Sunday 10 June, at Domaine Josmeyer in Wintzenheim. Lady winemakers who form the group DiVINes d’Alsace poured their wines. Alsace is so rich in soil types and terroirs that the sheer number […]

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Mixed bag for en primeur Bdx17 sales

Interview with Sarah Phillips of Liv-Ex.com  13 June 2018 A wine market specialist explains the challenges of selling Bordeaux futures in this 2017 vintage campaign. Prices are the key issue of course: Is it worth your while to lock in hard-earned money on wine that you will not see as a final product for up to […]

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China’s Wine Future

Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

As provided by ProWein: Specialist Article / June 2018 By Stuart Pigott & Paula Sidore All photos in this posting: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann 7 June 2018 While certainly few of us missed China’s rise to the position of a major economic power, that newly established prowess continues to fight the biased western preconception of wine and China. […]

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Château Margaux: 40 years on

Vertical opulence, with Thibault Pontallier: 1978-2014 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 2 June 2018 Over dinner on 9 May this year, I was lucky to attend a vertical of this magnificent first growth from the Médoc: the highly acclaimed – à juste titre – Château Margaux. Vintages included the first-ever under the Mentzelopoulos family, the 1978, […]

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Clos Vougeot: 2008 to 1989

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  29 May 2018 The name evokes legends. And the château is a beautiful place, as you can see in the picture I took this past March, for part of a fantastic week of the Grand Jours de Bourgogne. The day was 22 March 2018, and the tasting? A vertical for media only, […]

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Domaine de Chevalier vertical 2016-2000 (red)

Consistency and excellence By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 28 May 2018 For several years now, I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed older vintages of wines both red and white from Domaine de Chevalier, a renowned estate from the Pessac-Léognan appellation of Graves in Bordeaux. From a vertical of the whites, I helped to […]

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#Bdx17: Best of the red rest

Right Bank Satellites By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  26 May 2018 2017 makes the adage of seeking a “petit château” in a great vintage (and vice versa) less clear-cut. Certainly top terroirs excelled – on a general basis – so you can (more often that not) find happiness from the “grands châteaux” in 2017 – if the […]

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Margaux merits #Bdx17

The Médoc, Part III By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  24 May 2018 After examining Pauillac, Saint Julien and Saint Estèphe in Part I and Haut-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc and Moulis-en-Médoc in Part II, now to the barrel samples of Margaux. They include more classified growths than any other Médoc appellation: 21. Margaux is the only appellation whose sole […]

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#Bdx17 from barrel: Sauternes & Barsac

Residual sugar to the max? By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 23 May 2018 I am not sure about the overall quality of Sauternes and Barsac in 2017. Some critics have oohed and ahhed about the richness of these wines, including the super star Château d’Yquem. But I am a fan of late-harvest Bordeaux that have […]

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