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

Just added more categories including Moulis, Listrac and Haut-Médoc … Just an update here – on 18 May 2018. While I like many of the wines from this vintage, as tasted from barrel, prices should be lower. Many merchants are expecting 2014 prices, and that makes sense, even if some estates crafted wines that are […]

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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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