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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Some Christmas treats moderated….. (Part 1)

Introducing 'Modération' – our vinous pet dog...... Nous buvons toujours avec Modération.....Santé Modération ! We spent Christmas and the start of 2019 in Touraine before returning last week to the lunatic asylum located, for the moment, a few miles off the coast of Northern France. Over our Touraine spell we broached a number of bottles …

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Bel avenir pour Belargus ?

Ivan Massonnat, owner of the new Domaine Belargus * Initially the domaine was to be called Bel Argus it will now be just one word – Belargus  Last Thursday (3rd January) we had a very useful and interesting journey and visit to meet Ivan Massonnat at the winery of Pithon-Paillé in Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay. During last year …

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Bubbles around the world (2): Jim’s choice

Four or five festive sparklers... and where to enjoy them One English sparkler Sugrue Pierre South Downs: The Trouble with Dreams by Dermot Sugrue    Unlike British politics which has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons for best part of three years now, English or more precisely English and Welsh wines, have …

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Domaine Bel Argus: further details of Ivan Massonnat’s new venture in Anjou

The rare butterfly that has inspired the name of Ivan Massonnat's new domaine Further details have just come through of Ivan Massonnat's exciting new venture in Anjou. Back in June Massonnat bought Jo Pithon's domaine, which includes the Coteau des Treilles, a steep parcel in the commune of Beaulieu that overlooks the Layon. At the …

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First edition: Festival des Vins de Touraine

Lionel Gosseaume, vice-president of l’ODG Touraine (OGD: organisation de gestion et de défense de) My post this week links in partially with the various recent Les 5 articles about Beaujolais Primeur. In Touraine it was decided, after 33 years, to scrap the annual celebration in Montrichard of the release Touraine Gamay Primeur. The production of …

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2018 Loire – brief report from Anjou + making a Grand Cru credible

Chenin Blanc destined for a single cuvée of moelleux at Domaine de Juchepie   Picker's hat held in place by local stone We spent last Wednesday and Thursday in Anjou on a quick visit to see how the harvest has been going here. Overall the message is much the same as in other parts of …

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