2021 Loire Vintage – Montlouis and Touraine,

Cabernet Franc  Last week I made a number of visits to producers to see how the 2021 Loire vintage was coming along. The start of the 2021 Loire harvest was a good couple of weeks later than the 2020 vintage, although not as late as 2013.  Tuesday 5th October  – Xavier Weisskop (Montlouis and Touraine) I …

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La Loire – le retour + some news of 2021 vendange

Finally back in the Loire + 2021 vendange (part 1) Part of Epeigné including the Mairie taken from top of l'Eglise A little after 18.30 on Monday 27th September 2021 we came back to France, La Loire and Epeigné-les-Bois for the first time since 9th July 2020. This is our longest spell away from France …

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Virtually Pascal Jolivet + le retour de M.Carignan

Pascal and his son Clément Jolivet (top left) – webinar – tasting of 2020s including the new Blanc Fumé and a small vertical of Sauvage Last Wednesday I had the first of my two webinars for last week – Pascal Jolivet (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Touraine) organised by Maison Marques et Domaines, Jolivet's UK importers. This …

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Frost/ gel – ‘squeaky bum’ time …

Newtonmore, Scotland: 5th April 2021 On Sunday evening and Monday here in the Highlands of Scotland we were plunged back into winter as the photo above shows. This was a rude shock as Saturday was a glorious warm sunny day (see photo below) with temperatures hitting 14˚C. Instead temperatures Sunday night/early Monday were forecast to …

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Extreme heat + drought and its bitter results @time of celebration

The fire that destroyed the Lismore Estate Sam O'Keefe in the Lismore vineyards, South Africa   (Credit Lismore) It is never a good time to suddenly lose both your life's work and livelihood but it must be particularly bitter for it to happen at Christmas time.  On 17th December 2019 a bush fire, believed to have …

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