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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Waouh pour ce Chenin !

Ce n'est pas si souvent qu'on puisse m'entendre faire "waouh" quand je déguste un vin. Comme avec ce Chenin des Coteaux du Loir, notamment. Il ne m’a pourtant pas ébaubi tout de suite, il lui a fallu un peu d’ouverture. Je l’ai trouvé certes très bon dès la première gorgée, mais en le mettant à table …

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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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Escape from Brexit madness + a wonderful London Pakistani restaurant

London: Parliament Square: Saturday 7th September 2019 Apparently this is the UK's Prime Minister Leaving the Brexit madness behind By the time you read this post I will be in the Loire for the 2019 vintage. The Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet was Thursday 5th September – relatively early but by no means as early …

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