Fitou & Mrs Jones

Je n’en finis pas de redécouvrir Fitou ! Et notamment ses caves particulières, longtemps cachées dans l’ombre des grandes caves coopératives. Ainsi, récemment, un article du magazine Imbibe a attiré mon attention sur le domaine Jones – du nom de Katie Jones, une Britannique tombée amoureuse de ce petit coin du Languedoc dans les années 1990. …

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Friuli: the north eastern limits of Italy

I was recently in Udine, which is the wine capital of this region at the north-eastern tip of Italy whose full name is Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. As this is a bit of a mouthful, I will shorten it to Friuli. On the eastern extremity of the region, one is in an attractively hilly region that borders on …

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Good cooperative wineries (2): Les Vignerons du Brulhois, South-West France

General map of France's southwestern appellations to show the position of the small Brulhois appellation concerned by this article. Following my first article 2 weeks ago, this second article in what will be an intermittant series dedicated to good cooperatives in France concerns a small cooperative winery near the Garonne river in south-west France. Brulhois …

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Carlos Rubén, la voz de la Garnacha

J’ai rencontré Carlos dans son fief de Calatayud en Aragon, un personnage vraiment attachant. Et c’est, comme il aime à le dire, la Voix du Grenache. Pourquoi ? Très certainement parce que Carlos a appris tout au long de sa carrière d’œnologue que le Grenache est un matériau qui bien employé offre presqu’une infinité de possibilités. …

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Loire vignerons bottling it…

Fred Niger with two of his colourfully labelled bottles He has the largest park of amphores in the Loire and an extensive and at times a bewildering range of wines. Fred can be found in Le Landreau, Pays Nantes   On the second day of this year's Salon des Vins de Loire in Angers I started …

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Pierre Couly: RIP

Pierre Couly at the Salon des Vins de Loire 2014 Very sad news Pierre Couly, a leading figure in Chinon and its wine has died at the age of 83. Pierre died suddenly overnight. Details here  https://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/c…/pierre-couly-est-mort and an obituary here. With his younger brother Jacques, Pierre ran Couly-Dutheil for many years until the bitter family schism, …

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Is Quarts de Chaume about to become very rare?

Green is Chaume 1er Cru and pink is Quarts de Chaume Two new and wonderfully detailed maps of the Quarts de Chaume and Coteaux du Layon 1er Cru Chaume Source: Fédération Viticole Anjou-Saumur  Geological map of Coteaux du Layon 1er Cru Chaume Clearly indicating how complex the soils are in this small area 2019 is …

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