Bordeaux 2019 from barrel

The tasting notes! By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 29 September 2020 Left Bank: Graves/Pessac-Léognan – Médoc/Haut Médoc/Moulis/Listrac – Cru Bourgeois – Margaux – Pauillac – Saint Estèphe – Saint Julien – Sauternes Right Bank and More: Bordeaux and Côtes AOC / Fronsac / Pomerol / Saint Emilion And because the vintage ends in -9, two […]

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White Bordeaux: 2014 vintage

With a focus on Château Smith Haut Lafitte By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 15 September 2020 Top three 2014 whites from this tasting? Domaine de Chevalier, Château Pape Clément and Château Smith Haut Lafitte  Last week Decanter Magazine published an article I wrote – subscribers only – about how fine dry white Bordeaux can be, with […]

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Wine, sea, sun and Blue Fish

Along the Athenian Riviera, among other adventures Athens log, updates and restaurant recommendations : photos and text by Panos Kakaviatos  10 September 2020 Dear readers, it has been a while since I last posted in these pages, but I am (finally) putting together the rest of what 2019 Bordeaux barrel sample notes I have, so […]

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Dry whites for summer quaffing in or out of quarantine

Some even won “Oscars” this year 😊 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine review online (This text was published earlier this week in Wine Review Online) 23 July 2020 I sparked a series of comments on Facebook the other day with the line, “Life really is too short to drink average wine.”  Some 100 comments – […]

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Fine signs for Bordeaux 2019

Let’s start with some top Cru Bourgeois By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 15 July 2020 As you may recall, back in May, I dubbed Bordeaux 2019 the COVID19 vintage. That was not meant to decry quality, but rather to set context. And as I wrote back then, my intention was not to add hype, but […]

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In praise of Philippe Dhalluin

Château Mouton Rothschild director – and all around great fellow – to retire by Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 July 2020 “People in the north of France, they know Bordeaux wines. They love wine in general.” I met Philippe Dhalluin, the director of Château Mouton Rothschild, last month while on a short visit to Bordeaux […]

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Iconic Santorini: Vantage point for wine and food and luxury

And safe for COVID19 free tourism Text and photos by Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 7 July 2020 Despite continued COVID19 concerns, many people are taking vacations to relieve 2020 stress for a summer getaway. It is a tricky period, but Greece proves a popular destination, given its solid track record in reacting to the virus. […]

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Wine snapshot: Château Corbin

Sure-to-enjoy from Saint Emilion, with a good price/quality ratio By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 4 June 2020 Ripe plum, red berry and floral aromas beckon drinking from the get go. The bottle was pretty much “popped and poured” but it opened up more in glass. After nearly 10 years in bottle the Château Corbin Saint […]

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Bordeaux 2019 en primeur

The COVID19 vintage by Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 29 May 2020 As we slowly open things up and muddle through “mask on, mask off”, it is important to take into consideration the common courtesy to wear a mask for shop owners who have to deal all day with customers whom they do not know. While […]

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Wine snapshot : Volnay Champans Premier Cru 2010

Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay Champans AOC Volnay Premier Cru 2010 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  25 May 2020 It is always fun to asses wine 10 years later. And although the harvest of the bottle that is featured this week has not been in bottle for 10 years, it has been nearly 10 years since […]

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