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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2019 in Loire

Picker @ the Lieubeau vineyards  source of their Confluence cuvée Melon de Bourgogne 2019 Pays Nantais I spent  last Wednesday and Thursday in Muscadet Sèvre et Maine to see how the 2019 vintage is progressing.  The official Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet was on Thursday 5th September. There were a few vignerons that started the …

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Early last Thursday morning – once again April frost hits the Loire

A young bud at risk of being destroyed by frost Dramatic photo from Frédéric Mabileau's Facebook page The very real danger is that the ice will magnify the sun's rays  and burn the delicate young bud. This particular shot shows the use of aspersion to protect the bud. See below.    Aspersion at Domaine Frédéric …

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