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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Bordeaux 1966: 50 years on

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 December 2016 Wine is a drink for civilized discourse, as I found out yet again, close to my 50th birthday, over dinner with friends and family, with a horizontal of mostly 1966 Bordeaux. Host Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier has a justified reputation as being savvy, gentlemanly, suave, fun […]

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Confusion over Bordeaux’s latest “great” vintage

2015 has excellent barrel samples. If priced too high, seek 2014 Update! Best bargain wines #Bdx15 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  25 April (to mid-May) 2016 Tasting notes by appellation/region (watch for updates!): Mad about Margaux – Pomerol panache! – Subtle, smooth, successful Saint Julien – Pessac-Léognan (and Graves) pizzaz – Merlot al Dente (and other tales from Saint Emilion #Bdx15) – Intriguingly Pauillac – […]

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Video reports from Pichon Comtesse and Pichon Baron

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 20 March 2016 It was great to visit both Pichon estates late last year, to prepare an article that I wrote for Decanter, as published in the April 2016 issue. Dear friend and celebrated author Jane Anson contributed tasting notes. In deference to the publication, I only post my tasting […]

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Bordeaux 2014 in barrel: Widen the critical scope

No use relying on a single palate 14 May 2015 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com MAIN BORDEAUX 2014 BARREL TASTING PAGE Have you heard of Miguel Lecuona’s City Wine Journal? Miguel has an excellent palate and takes some of the best pictures I have ever seen. We taste together on many occasions during the Bordeaux […]

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