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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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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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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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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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

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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Wines that won’t wilt your wallet #Bdx15

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 July 2016 In celebrated Bordeaux vintages, consumers may find that prices are out of reach. Sure, wines like Ducru Beaucaillou and Léoville Las Cases are excitingly delicious, but not all us mortals can afford them. A sign of a top vintage is finding barrel samples that please your palate across all […]

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China and Bordeaux: how the wine bubble burst

On Suzanne Mustacich’s Thirsty Dragon China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines 29 January 2016 Book review by Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com I recall enjoying a 1982 and a 2003 Leoville Poyferre at the lovely Saint Julien restaurant with chateau owner Didier Cuvelier and a Chinese merchant back in April […]

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Bring prices down in 2014 say Bordeaux buyers: open letter

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles  25 January 2015 Last month, I purchased a bottle of 1966 Chateau Montrose, a top second growth from Bordeaux’s Saint Estephe appellation, which apparently did well in that vintage. The price for the bottle, which I purchased at an auction with apparently very good provenance, was less than $190. I […]

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