Saint Emilion Sensations 2018

Change in style continues: Yahoo! by Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  26 April 2019 Very happy to see how much the “refreshing trend” is coming into focus in Saint Emilion. As stated in my introduction to the vintage, with regard to the 50 member estates of the Association of Saint Emilion Grands Crus Classés. Here we […]

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Freshness from Saint Emilion: Bordeaux 2017 from barrel

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  7 May 2018 Given its rather large size, Saint Emilion is heterogeneous in quality. 2017 compounded differences from the challenge to remove grapes from frost-affected vines, of which there were plenty. Properties with the most financial means did best to remove under ripe second-generation grapes that may have otherwise wound […]

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Saint Emilion Multiplex 2016

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 June 2017 Saint Emilion tends to be rather heterogenous in quality in any vintage. Given its size, variations in terroir and in style. Sure, a recent trend towards high alcohol and high extraction of tannin is (thankfully) dissipating. Estates like Pavie Macquin and Larcis Ducasse, for example, are being […]

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St Emilion 2000, 15 years on

15 years in bottle: How do the “big boys” compare? By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 2 May 2017 Since January this year, I had wanted to organize a blind tasting of Saint Emilion 2000, to compare the top classified growths against “lesser” pedigrees. It would be a follow up to a blind tasting that I […]

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Fit for a wine groundhog 2017

Top Bordeaux back to 1970, with Marla Maples By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com  3 February 2017 Bravo to Kevin Shin for making this happen. The DCWino is in top form. And I got to meet some new wine-loving friends in the area as well as seeing old friends. Once again, we found ourselves at Ripple. […]

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Bordeaux 1966: 50 years on

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 December 2016 Wine is a drink for civilized discourse, as I found out yet again, close to my 50th birthday, over dinner with friends and family, with a horizontal of mostly 1966 Bordeaux. Host Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier has a justified reputation as being savvy, gentlemanly, suave, fun […]

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Welcome Merlot al dente #Bdx15

And other tales from Saint Emilion By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 5 May 2016 OK, the title is a bit misleading. Not everyone picks Merlot earlier in Saint Emilion. The influence of ultra-late picking to please critics, and to get an upgrade (or avoid a downgrade) every 10 years for appellation-sanctioned revisions (often ending up in courts […]

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(In spite of) Bordeaux 2014 in barrel: Saint Emilion oak saga continues

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  MAIN BORDEAUX 2014 BARREL TASTING PAGE Some faves? Belair-Monange, Berliquet, Cheval Blanc, Canon, Corbin, Pavie-Macquin and Quinault l’Enclos Irony is a word that comes to mind. Château Quinault L’Enclos counts among 16 estates that had been promoted to grand cru classé in the 2012 classification of Saint Emilion. In contrast to […]

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