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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#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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#Bdx17: The Médoc, part II

Assessing Haut-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc and Moulis-en-Médoc By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 21 May 2018 This section on #Bdx17 from barrel focuses on three Médoc appellations not as famous as those in Part I but known for quality wines at generally lower prices. Certain wines here indeed could constitute bargains… in the longer run. And as we […]

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Graves in red and white #Bdx17

Some very fine reds, some even finer whites By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  18 May 2018 For your mid May weekend reading, my notes on barrel samples – red and white – of Bordeaux’s famous Graves region. They are Left Bank, but to the south of the Médoc. In the Pessac area, it was generally […]

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#Bdx17 from barrel: The Médoc, part I

Pauillac – Saint Julien – Saint Estèphe  By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  17 May 2018 As said in previous reports, Bordeaux 2017 is hard to categorize. Despite attempts at “buzz” from collective critical scores on the likes of Wine Lister, and merchants hyping the latest priced barrel issue, it is not exactly 10 hours of […]

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Freshness from Saint Emilion: Bordeaux 2017 from barrel

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  7 May 2018 Given its rather large size, Saint Emilion is heterogeneous in quality. 2017 compounded differences from the challenge to remove grapes from frost-affected vines, of which there were plenty. Properties with the most financial means did best to remove under ripe second-generation grapes that may have otherwise wound […]

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Pomerol Plaudits: Bordeaux 2017 from barrel

The small Bordeaux appellation with many 2017 hits By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  2 May 2018 As almost anywhere in Bordeaux, the best terroirs thrived, especially those with either minimal or no frost. Pomerol in spite of its rather small size, is no exception. As you can see in the photo, Christian Moueix of the […]

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Bordeaux 2017 can resemble 1985

May 2018 Updates on tasting notes: Margaux as well as Sauternes/Barsac posted! By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  26 April 2018 This page will be updated regularly, with barrel tasting notes per appellation (keep checking back for new ones). Pomerol Saint Emilion  Graves & Pessac-Léognan The northern Médoc: Pauillac, Saint Estèphe and Saint Julien Moulis, Listrac […]

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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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