Château Franc Mayne sold

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 31 January 2018 Jean-Pierre Savare his family yesterday bought an excellent grand cru classé of Saint-Emilion, which has been known not only for making savory wines, but also for its marvelous bed and breakfast accommodations just near the centre of the most charming town in Bordeaux. Griet Van Malderen was […]

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Fine wine fireworks

Happen once a year From a magnificent Salon 1996 to a surprisingly great Latour 1967 – in a vertical of the first growth – by way of Yquem 83, we had a fabulous time. By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 31 January 2018 Once again Ken Brown succeeded in organizing a most memorable holiday dinner for […]

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Bordeaux 2015 from bottle, part 3

Better whites than expected from the Graves region By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com UPDATED 30 January 2018 It is always fun to review the wines of the Graves in Bordeaux because they are known just as much for whites as they are (these days) for reds. Furthermore, red Graves – dominated for the most part by […]

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Chinese food and aged Bordeaux?

It works By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  29 January 2018 I recently met with friends at a Chinese restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland where we enjoyed 1970 Palmer and 1975 Trotanoy among other treasures with Chinese food. “Heresy” you say? The crazy spice and umami intensity often associated with Chinese food obliterates the soft finesse of […]

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Crus Bourgeois return to classification

And (many) tasting notes from 2015 in bottle By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 14 January 2018 One of the great, if short-lived, periods in the modern era for the Cru Bourgeois wines of Bordeaux was a 2003 ministerial order that approved the first official classification of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, which recognized 247 châteaus […]

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20 years of Château La Conseillante

A great vertical, a great Pomerol 10 January 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Driving west past Château Cheval Blanc at the edge of Saint Emilion, you come across a series of superb Pomerol estates with prime vineyard real estate: Vieux Château Certan, Evangile, Petrus and La Conseillante, among others. They count among the very […]

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2015 Bordeaux from bottle, part 1: Mostly Médoc wines

Margaux shines brightest By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  17 November 2017 – revised, with new video intro, below. How good are Bordeaux 2015 from bottle? Based on two days of tasting top Médoc wines in early November this year, I would say quite good. It does not seem to reach the heights, on a more […]

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16 vintages of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 October 2017 For the third time this year, it was great to welcome a top Bordeaux wine to Washington D.C. After Château Montrose in January and Château Léoville Las Cases in March, this time it was Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, with estate director Nicolas Glumineau. A triple […]

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Pleasing all senses

Lunch at Le Chapon Fin By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 25 June 2017 I recently revisited Le Chapon Fin, a legendary restaurant in Bordeaux. A few years back, I had attended a Vinexpo dinner with some fine wines, and loved the food. But during the week of this year’s Vinexpo, I was invited to lunch with […]

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Saint Emilion Multiplex 2016

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 June 2017 Saint Emilion tends to be rather heterogenous in quality in any vintage. Given its size, variations in terroir and in style. Sure, a recent trend towards high alcohol and high extraction of tannin is (thankfully) dissipating. Estates like Pavie Macquin and Larcis Ducasse, for example, are being […]

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