For hedonists and intellectuals: Bordeaux 2018

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 April 2019 Now with update on what pH levels mean for 2018*  After an initial look at the 2018 vintage in Bordeaux last month, before I got through the bulk of my tastings, I struck a cautionary note, albeit extolling the virtues of Petit Verdot, which seems to have […]

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#Bdx17 from barrel: The Médoc, part I

Pauillac – Saint Julien – Saint Estèphe  By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  17 May 2018 As said in previous reports, Bordeaux 2017 is hard to categorize. Despite attempts at “buzz” from collective critical scores on the likes of Wine Lister, and merchants hyping the latest priced barrel issue, it is not exactly 10 hours of […]

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Pauillac and Saint Julien: Sweet Spots

Bordeaux 2016 barrel tasting notes New addition: Sensual and strong Saint Julien! By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  2 May 2017 When I was tasting barrel samples in Bordeaux with wine author Jane Anson, exclusive Bordeaux en primeur critic for Decanter, blogger and ace photographer Miguel Lecuona and Bloomberg writer and wine author Elin McCoy, we […]

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Video reports from Pichon Comtesse and Pichon Baron

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 20 March 2016 It was great to visit both Pichon estates late last year, to prepare an article that I wrote for Decanter, as published in the April 2016 issue. Dear friend and celebrated author Jane Anson contributed tasting notes. In deference to the publication, I only post my tasting […]

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Bordeaux 2014 in barrel: Pauillac peaks

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com MAIN BORDEAUX 2014 BARREL TASTING PAGE From cru bourgeois to first growth, Pauillac kicked ass in 2014. Fans of steely tannic towers such as Pichon Baron and fans of more sumptuous styles at Pichon Comtesse will find happiness, based on the barrel samples. OK, some wines were a touch hard, with the […]

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