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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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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When is the right time for a wine?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  28 January 2018 I suppose the short answer is “anytime” but that would be too facile. January has been always a great month for me to hook up with wine loving friends, old and new, in Washington D.C. during the holiday season, when I take an extended holiday break from […]

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Krug 96 from magnum

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  24 December 2017 Did I get your attention? Good, because that was not the only bottle that we enjoyed. Tis the season to drink well. And, well, I enjoyed myself too much, as I had left my written notes behind from a fabulous, over four hour lunch on 22 December at […]

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Gevrey-Chambertin 2016

Looks to be quite good. Savvy buyers should seek village level wines. By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 27 November 2017 Based on a 16 November tasting of village, premiers and grands crus, 2016 appears to be darn good for Gevrey-Chambertin. Many thanks to Fabienne Nicot for the kind invitation to taste so many wines from […]

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“Bourgogne Côte d’Or”

A brand new premium regional Burgundy By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  25 November 2017 Much of this text was published in Wine Business International yesterday, Friday November 24. I recall hearing about a new level of regional Bourgogne wine, already a few years back at a press conference held in Beaune. It was supposed to represent […]

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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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2015 Gevrey-Chambertins

Solar vintage sumptuousness – and “sumptuous” pricing By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  20 November 2016 2015 Burgundy is going to be a big winner for lovers of rich and riper styles. While not exactly like 2009, the wines I tasted at this event often seemed to approach that vintage’s characteristics – and for many readers there […]

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Burgundy 2016

Hospices de Beaune preview and harvest news By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 25 October 2016 In late September this year, I had the good fortune to visit the Hospices de Beaune to preview next month’s famous wine charity auction that has been held there annually since 1859, taking place on the third Sunday in November amid […]

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