Sauternes and Barsac 2018

Saved by the October (Botrytis) Bell   By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 January 2021 Readers may recall that a hailstorm reduced yields for some estates to near nothing, if not nothing. Château Guiraud for example had announced that it would only make dry white wine in 2018, because of the devastating hail. As for the […]

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#Bdx17 from barrel: Sauternes & Barsac

Residual sugar to the max? By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 23 May 2018 I am not sure about the overall quality of Sauternes and Barsac in 2017. Some critics have oohed and ahhed about the richness of these wines, including the super star Château d’Yquem. But I am a fan of late-harvest Bordeaux that have […]

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“Sweet” is too simple: Appreciating late harvest wines

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 July 2015 “Sweet” wine? Some people shrug. Many who dislike “sweet” wines base their judgment on supermarket shelf stuff, the kind of wine that is merely sticky (and/or sweet), without vivaciousness from balancing acidity and/or intriguingly complex flavors and aromas from botrytis-derived spice. Yet some of the world’s greatest wines are “sweet”. Most readers […]

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