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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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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First impressions of Bourgogne 2017

Early impressions: a bit too low acidity for some whites, better overall from reds By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 19 November 2017 Based on a tasting of wines – to be sold today at auction at the famous Hospices de Beaune – the 2017 vintage seems to reflect a vintage where whites were more challenging […]

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“Fine flowering” cause for hope in Bourgogne

News from the BIVB – 20 June 2017 No two years are the same in the Bourgogne winegrowing region. After fast flowering, which was over by mid-June, even in those areas that tend to tardiness, any fears about springtime frosts were soon a “distant memory” according to a press release from the Bourgogne Wine Council […]

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Terrible frost strikes vineyards across Europe

From various news sources 28 April 2017 It is very sad to see the news unfold across many parts of Europe, where winegrowers faced a cold weather pattern in recent days that has killed young buds from just emerging vines. Three weeks ago, I was in Bordeaux admiring early bud development, for example, from Petrus in […]

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