Pauillac and Saint Julien: Sweet Spots

Bordeaux 2016 barrel tasting notes New addition: Sensual and strong Saint Julien! By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  2 May 2017 When I was tasting barrel samples in Bordeaux with wine author Jane Anson, exclusive Bordeaux en primeur critic for Decanter, blogger and ace photographer Miguel Lecuona and Bloomberg writer and wine author Elin McCoy, we […]

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High class, with Léoville Las Cases

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  27 April 2017 Wines made by Domaines Delon count among the classiest in Bordeaux – and that applies to their moderately priced Médoc Château Potensac, once correctly classified as a Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnel, to the grand vin, Château Léoville Las Cases. You know top-flight wines are involved when you assess […]

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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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Fit for a wine groundhog 2017

Top Bordeaux back to 1970, with Marla Maples By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com  3 February 2017 Bravo to Kevin Shin for making this happen. The DCWino is in top form. And I got to meet some new wine-loving friends in the area as well as seeing old friends. Once again, we found ourselves at Ripple. […]

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Saint Julien #bdx15: subtle, suave, successful

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  1 May 2016 2015 was a successful vintage for Saint Julien, with expected elegance combined with Cabernet driven structure. While some tasters seemed a touch under-whelmed, I was happy with most of the wines from this affable appellation. And boy-oh-boy Léoville Las Cases and Ducru Beaucaillou were both amazing – […]

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DC winos ring in 2016 with fabulous wines

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 January 2016 Welcome 2016! And a very special holiday dinner. Like minded wine loving friends from my hometown of Washington D.C. get together to appreciate great wines, simply, with fine food. It turned out to be almost too fast paced, as we could have taken a bit more time […]

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Bordeaux 2014 in barrel: Successful Saint Julien

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com MAIN BORDEAUX 2014 BARREL TASTING PAGE Faves include Langoa and Léoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou and Beychevelle. Most are excellent… Well high-ho! Saint Julien is one of the most consistently positive appellations from barrel in 2014. OK, not every estate is at its very best. I mean, take the rather hard and all-too […]

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