Stalwart Sauternes 2018

Challenging vintage, but some nice wines By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  26 April 2019 A horrific hailstorm reduced yields for some estates to near nothing, if not nothing. I recall writing this news story about the harvest in Sauternes and Barsac for Decanter last year: including Château Guiraud’s announcement that it would only make dry […]

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#Bdx17 from barrel: Sauternes & Barsac

Residual sugar to the max? By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 23 May 2018 I am not sure about the overall quality of Sauternes and Barsac in 2017. Some critics have oohed and ahhed about the richness of these wines, including the super star Château d’Yquem. But I am a fan of late-harvest Bordeaux that have […]

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“Sweet” is too simple: Appreciating late harvest wines

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 July 2015 “Sweet” wine? Some people shrug. Many who dislike “sweet” wines base their judgment on supermarket shelf stuff, the kind of wine that is merely sticky (and/or sweet), without vivaciousness from balancing acidity and/or intriguingly complex flavors and aromas from botrytis-derived spice. Yet some of the world’s greatest wines are “sweet”. Most readers […]

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Bordeaux 2014 in barrel: successful Sauternes

By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.Com 25 May 2015 MAIN BORDEAUX 2014 BARREL TASTING PAGE Faves? I loved Suduiraut most as an upper level Sauternes that is fairly expensive, among some other well-known brands. Yquem as superb, but that was expected. The good news for sticky lovers: some lesser known wines did very well in 2014, based on […]

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