Pomerol 2016 from bottle wins big

Including brands at $35-$55 per bottle (Bordeaux 2016 from bottle, part I) 4 November 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  Writing about 2016 from bottle, let’s start with Pomerol, an appellation that is often better now in bottle than it was from barrel in April 2017. This small appellation of some 150 estates is not […]

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Bordeaux 2017 futures campaign: “underwhelming” and “spoiled”

With the permission of Liv-Ex 8 July 2018 Dear readers, I am enjoying some fresh summer mountain air in the Swiss Alps as I post this text, coming from the informed people at Liv-Ex. But before you read their rather dour assessment of the #Bdx17 futures campaign, just a few words I have heard from […]

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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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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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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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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: 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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