Panos Kakaviatos may be a familiar name due to his participation in the Snooth forums, but to those of you not familiar with his work, he is fast becoming one of the new breed of trusted knowledgeable writers specializing in the wines of Bordeaux.

The en primeur, or futures campaign, that Bordeaux is famous for creates a quandary for buyers interested in the classed growths. The wines are offered for sale two years before they are bottled and shipped, and in the intervening years as the wines develop and continue to reveal their true character, the wine community generally finds consensus in regards to the "best" wines of the vintage.

Those wines almost always see a significant jump in price from their first futures offering to the retail price on arrival. Buying early not only ensures you get the wines you want and also custom bottled in the sizes you prefer, but it can also save you money.

The big problem? Knowing what to buy. Tasting young wine is hard and getting a handle on where the wines are headed takes years of experience. That's where an avid taster and professional writer like Panos comes in. Check out his tasting notes, thoughts on the future campaign and comments on pricing on his blog: Connections to Wine.