Cabernet Franc, sometimes ripe at Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil

  I must admit to often being disappointed by the wines made from Cabernet Franc grown in the Loire. Green and harsh/bitter tanins, lack of fruit flavours and depth are my usual complaints. It is true that this cool climate region is not, every year, ideally suited to ripening a variety that comes from much …

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Le concours du Touraine Primeur 2019

Following on from articles this week by David and myself about Nouveau wines here is the result of today's Concours du Touraine Primeur. Interesting and encouraging to see a Bronze Medal going to the Cellier de Beaujardin, the Cave Coopérative in Bléré as I have been impressed by a number of their wines recently. There were …

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Loire 2019 – a final report: Anjou and Chinon + Le Pot de Lapin (Saumur)

Part of the hamlet of Chaume showing some of the vineyards of the Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru Quarts de Chaume (15.10.19) –  bunch of variable ripeness A bunch that appears to have been frazzled by the sun Mushrooms in the Quarts de Chaume (15.10.19) reflecting the end of the drought from 21st September Anjou …

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2019 Loire: Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Vouvray

Sancerre in the evening light – taken from above Chavignol Quick summary of reports: good to excellent vintage in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Vouvray In the middle of last week we spent a day and half making a number of quick visits in Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire to see how the 2019 vintage had gone. Unfortunately it …

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Loire 2019 – Saumur, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Bourgueil

Some photos and reports from harvest in Saumur, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Bourgueil on 3rd October.   2019 Cabernet Franc in vineyard along Montée de l'Angle Cher, Saumur  Above and below (Saumur-Chempigny)   Picture perfect Cabernet Franc We made a number of visits on Thursday 3rd October to vignerons to see how the 2019 harvest was progressing. The …

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Tasting of (very) small bottles and the difficulties of collective communication on wine

There are two slightly overlaping subjects in my article for today, as you will discover, and there will be a big like and a big dislike as well, for good measure. Initially I was going to write solely about a series of wines from the Loire appellation of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, until another topic caught my eye …

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2019 Loire – has heat damage become a new challenge?

2019 Chenin Blanc from the Clos Mosny, Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, Montlouis Frazzled bunch of Chenin Blanc: Clos Mosny  Unfortunately due to a number of family and work commitments, I haven't been able to make as many visits during the Loire harvest as I would like and normally do. However, it is clear …

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