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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Dans la famille des Pouilly, Pouilly-sur-Loire

Cette appellation qui partage ses terres avec le bien plus célèbre Pouilly-fumé n’a rien à envier aux Chasselas fait ailleurs. Parce que oui ! Pour qui ne le sait pas, le raisin exclusif de Pouilly-sur-Loire, c’est le Chasselas. L’un des derniers coins de France qui en fait du vin avec la Haute-Savoie et l'Alsace. Pouilly-sur-LoireQuoique sur …

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Loire 2018 – round up of harvest news

  Since we arrived in the Loire we have seen producers from Muscadet Sèvre et Maine to the Côtes de Forez – just about from one Loire vinous extremity to the other. In Touraine Vincent Ricard started picking on Monday 3rd September. He is happy as he has avoided any serious attack of mildew but …

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Loire news – 20 ans de Gorges, 1st International Chenin Congress, 2018 Loire vintage

  20 ans of the Association des Vignerons du Cru Gorgeois    Six celebrating Gorges producers in a vineyard 2013 Gorges La Vigneaux, Fred Laffer with a lump of gabbro - Sèvre Nantaise in the background Last Thursday I was privileged to be invited to the celebration for the 20 years of the Association, which …

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Pascal Jolivet – Sancerre and more (Part 1)

  Pascal Jolivet neck label A couple of weeks ago I received a box of samples of his current releases kindly sent by Pascal Jolivet. I have been enjoying tasting them and this post covers the first seven.  2017 Attitude, IGT (Above and below)   2017 Attitude, IGT Val de Loire  Attitude comes from 60 …

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Launch of sparkling ‘Prestige de Loire’

The Prestige de Loire bottle sticker (based on a Christmas party hat?)  InterLoire, the administrative and promotional body for the Loire, launched their sparkling wine ‘Prestige de Loire’ initiative at the 2018 Vinovision held in Paris in mid-February. This initiative aims to highlight and give added value to the best sparkling wines from five Loire …

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Curieux Chenin que celui-là !

Un soir à Blois, une dégustation de Chenin (quel bonheur !) organisée durant notre participation à Val de Loire Millésime. Il y a là de tout, des bien connus comme Patrick Baudouin ou Claude Papin. Mais ce genre de soirée permet aussi de découvrir des appellations moins connues comme Touraine Azay-Le-Rideau qui, en blanc, ne fait …

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