Making it with Macon, pulling rabbits out of the Pouilly hat

More deals from Burgundy By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  23 March 2016 Just as one can find high calibre, low price octane wines in Chablis, the same can be said for the Mâconnaise region of Burgundy, billed as the Symphonie Mâconnaise during this wine filled Grands Jours de Bourgogne week in late March, a wonderfully festive biennial […]

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Clos Vougeot vertical 2005-1985

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  23 March 2016 What better place to taste Clos Vougeot than at Clos Vougeot? Part of the fantastic week here at the Grand Jours de Bourgogne included a media invite for a vertical of this famous appellation, from a variety of estates stretching from 2005 to 1985. A few months […]

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Where #winelovers find Burgundy bargains: Chablis

Yes, Virginia, they do exist By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Here I am, with many #winelovers, in Chablis, to kick of the weeklong biennial event Grand Jours de Bourgogne. A record number here since this shindig started on Monday 21 March, with 2,500 registered professionals in the wine trade, in media, in restaurants among others. […]

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Bordeaux 1966, fifty years on (and other surprises)

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  13 January 2016 I have to thank my lucky stars for the great wine loving friends I have in Washington D.C. Since I am turning … 50 in December this year, I wanted to organize a 1966 dinner. And so six of us gathered at the famous wine friendly restaurant […]

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Gevrey Chambertin and the 2014 vintage

With improved dollar-to-euro and pound-to-euro exchange rates, savvy buyers should check out 2014 Burgundy By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 30 November 2015 Gevrey Chambertin is one of the most famous wine appellations in the world, full of famous grands crus. The appellation dates from September 1936, but its glory predates the 1930s. Vineyards can be dated […]

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2014 master class, then dinner at Bouchard Père & Fils

Good to magnificent 2014s, and fabulous dining with older wines By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  This was an amazing event on Saturday 14 November, over the 2015 Hospices de Beaune weekend, even though the ambiance was bittersweet. It was a gathering to highlight the 2014 vintage and celebrate this grand maison, which was founded in […]

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In praise of 2015 Burgundy: mainly the reds

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  22 November 2015 The 155th Hospices de Beaune auction began movingly with both a minute of silence and a somber rendition of the French national anthem La Marseillaise, as you can see in the video that friend and fellow wine writer Michael Apstein of Wine Review Online took – see end […]

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33 Clos Vougeots from 2013

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 14 November 2015 Special note: I meant to publish this today, as I am in Beaune for the 155th Hospices de Beaune wine auction. While eating excellent Japanese sushi at Sushi Kai in Beaune last night, I got CNN alerts about terrorist attacks in Paris, which have proven to be […]

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Burgundy harvest 2015: more challenging for whites

19 September 2015 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com As Bordeaux readies itself for its harvest later this month and into October, still a while ahead, Burgundy has finished its pickings, which took place mainly between end August and mid September. Despite hail-hit vineyards in Chablis earlier this month, damage was not extensive (about 2% as my […]

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Grand cru in all but name? Clos Saint Jacques

30 August 2015 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com I’ve never had a disappointing Clos Saint Jacques. Then again, I have not tried that many. Why? The 6.7 hectares of vineyards in this highly touted Burgundian appellation are expensive – and with historical significance. Named for a stopping point on the pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela (in French, […]

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