Weekend White: 2017 dry Bordeaux

Château Tronquoy-Lalande Blanc By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles  20 February 2021 Much is said of 2019, 2018 and 2016 as recent “great” Bordeaux vintages, naturally regarding red wines. However, this world famous region crafts many whites, dry and “sweet”, so it was useful to taste a just-released 2017 dry white from the excellent Saint Estèphe estate […]

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New grapes in Bordeaux to fight climate change

Foresight, or an easy way out? by Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 6 February 2021 Late last month it became official: France’s wine appellation authority (INAO) authorized six new grapes for Bordeaux to better adapt to climate change. Two are very well known: Touriga Nacional and Alvarinho. As most readers know, the late ripening Touriga Nacional, […]

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Saint Estèphe 2018

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  24 January 2021 Fascinating to see – in a blind tasting of the five classified growths – just how impressive Château Montrose turned out to be. I have tasted the wine twice from bottle, once at the estate, once in the blind tasting (held at Château Lafon-Rochet), and although I […]

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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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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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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: Château Sociando Mallet 2003

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  11 May 2020 Welcome readers to my first wine snapshot: a weekly feature. Each Monday, I will do a profile of a single wine that I like. And we start things off on Monday 11 May with the fine Château Sociando Mallet. With impeccable gravel over clay and clay limestone […]

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Ode to France, Les Accabailles and Les Crus Classés de Graves

Tasting dinner of top Pessac-Léognan wines at Château Carbonnieux By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 21 November 2019 A round-trip on the high-speed train TGV traversing France from Strasbourg to Bordeaux and back took less than 6 hours. No stop in Paris. Comfy, first class seat at €170: Convenient, efficient and greener than flying or driving. […]

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Hedonism and hard work

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  30 May 2019 I started reflecting on these two words while in Bordeaux during the famous Vinexpo event earlier this month. Every two years, this massive wine and spirits trade fair for professionals includes many fine lunches and dinners. I usually stay for the entire gig, but I was only […]

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