For hedonists and intellectuals: Bordeaux 2018

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  7 May 2019 My top barrel samples from 2018 Full tasting notes by appellation and area: Pessac-Léognan+Graves (reds) / Médoc-Haut-Médoc-Listrac-Moulis / Margaux / Saint Julien / Pauillac / Saint Estèphe / Saint Emilion / Pomerol / Fronsac and other bargains / Dry whites including Graves / Sauternes & Barsac NOTE […]

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Wild n’ Crazy Saint Estèphe 2018?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  26 April 2019 Saint Estèphe is an appellation that tends to thrive in hot and arid summers. Take for examples the torrid heat of the 2003 vintage. The cooler soils underneath gravel in Saint Estèphe seemed to counter the extreme weather better than any other Bordeaux appellation of note. Many tasters […]

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Ringing in 2019 with good vintages (not “great”)

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  11 January 2019 After an annual holiday dinner with wine loving pals – this year at the French embassy in Washington D.C. – the overriding theme was “good” vintages. Neither “off” nor “great”, but vintages that sometimes get overlooked by critics seeking to obtain fame with 100 point scores. And […]

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Northern Médoc: Sweet spots confirmed in 2016

A modern era 1986? Great stuff in Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe ? (Bordeaux 2016 from bottle, part 2) 11 November 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  Just as we saw how well Pomerol excelled in 2016, another area of consumer interest, also in terms of quality across all price points, is the northern […]

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The revenge of Saint Estèphe

Bordeaux 2016 barrel tasting notes By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  29 April 2017 Most readers have read the positive feedback from the barrel samples of Bordeaux 2016, including from me.  Yes, there is hype, as usual, and some prices are high (such as for Cos d’Estournel, one merchant told me), but I do believe that […]

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Bordeaux in barrel 2014: Mighty Montrose, classic Cos and perplexing Calon Segur

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  MAIN BORDEAUX 2014 BARREL TASTING PAGE When I was asked to do an educational blog for Total Wine, we agreed to have top ten lists: top ten reds, top ten whites, top ten bargain wines. One of the very best barrel samples of 2014 is Château Montrose. Fellow wine writers and […]

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