Bordeaux 2016

The mysterious vintage By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 April 2017 While tasting barrel samples in late March and early April this year, vintners called the wines “unusual” or “unique”. 2016 was not an easy vintage, given the roller coaster suspense in what I had called a yin-yang vintage in Harpers Wine & Spirit. But 2016 turned […]

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Haut Brion and Yquem verticals and so much more

Starting 2017 on the right foot By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com 6 January 2017 2017 already started with a wine bang, thanks to this dinner organized by Randy McFarlane. So consider this text a part 2 of sorts – and what a great tasting dinner this was, too. Each January, Ken Brown organizes our annual holiday […]

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Randy McFarlane’s feast of wine at 1789

Haut Brion, Climens, Dom Ruinart, Dauvissat, Barolo – and so much more By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 4 January 2017 Leave it to Randy McFarlane to organize such a great event. I have known Randy and his wife Caroline for over 10 years now, and we get together annually on several occasions to drink and […]

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2014 Bordeaux in barrel: smoking Graves

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com MAIN BORDEAUX 2014 BARREL TASTING PAGE 15 May 2015 My faves: Among reds, Haut Brion rather rules the roost, but watch out for an excellent and (hopefully) well-priced Domaine de Chevalier red and the usually fine Haut Bailly. Pape Clement has more linearity than I can ever recall – and that’s […]

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Dining at Château Haut Brion with Prince Robert of Luxembourg

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  13 May 2014 Prince Robert of Luxembourg – owner of Château Haut Brion – loves history. Last year, the estate awarded several cases of Haut Brion 1989 to art historian Laurent Chavier, who won a contest to find the earliest mention of Haut Brion as a wine. “I launched the […]

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