2014 MillésimeBio, Montpellier
This month sees the start of for me trying to assess the 2014 Loire vintage. Certainly I tasted juice and partially fermenting wine throughout the Loire during the vintage but the more finished wine is, of course, a different matter. In late January I’ll be heading to Montpellier for MillésimeBio (26th-28th January – http://www.millesime-bio.com/en) – a dynamic and successful fair. After that it is up to Angers for the annual Salon des Vins de Loire (2nd-4th February –www.salondesvinsdeloire.com), a fair that is hoping that changes this year, especially the new organic section will revitalise the Salon.
MillésimeBio has found its simple formula of the same sized table for every exhibitor much appreciated and successful – a complete and very welcome contrast to the bling of fairs like Vinexpo.
Founded back in 1987 The Salon des Vins de Loire has been slow to adapt to changes and has suffered from a series of Salons-off. This year with the exception of La Dive Bouteille, held in the cellars of Ackerman in Saint-Hilaire Saint Florent, none of them clash with the main Salon which is welcome news.