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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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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Is Bordeaux “the new Burgundy”?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 31 March 2018 What in the heck prompted this title? Believe it or not, a dear friend who has been on allocation lists for the last 15 years or so of some of the top Burgundy producers. When I went to Burgundy earlier this month for a tasting of Clos […]

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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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Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: Conclusions

Very good to great By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 20 March 2018 Dear readers, pretty much all my notes on Bordeaux 2015 from bottle – many wines assessed since late November last year – are online. Including, finally, some splendid wines from Sauternes and Barsac. For a quick look at each section, here the links […]

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Splendid Sauternes 2015

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  12 March 2018 Having tasted through some 2015s with Jane Anson, I can only agree with her assessment (and that of Ian d’Agata) in Decanter that in 2015, Sauternes are “some of the highest scorers, along with Pomerol and St-Emilion.” Ian adds: “It’s an outstanding vintage, with many fleshy, rich […]

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Saint Emilion 2015: Changing Tides

2015 from bottle shows return to freshness, if not for all estates … By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  11 March 2018 When assessing more 2015 Bordeaux from bottle at the UGCB tasting in New York, I was struck by just how much fresher some Right Bank wines especially tasted: wines that had not too long […]

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Grand tasting in Bordeaux: More 2015s in bottle

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 18 February 2018 Connoisseurs continue to drive up prices for the famous Bordeaux brands, whether in Asia or Europe, the Americas or Australia. Of course prices of elite brands for certain vintages have dropped off a bit since a heyday of a couple of years ago, but the Liv-ex chart […]

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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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