More on Swiss wines: the Valais region

Last week I wrote a kind of general introduction to Swiss wine, of which here is the address if you want to check it out: https://les5duvin.wordpress.com/2019/05/20/swiss-wine-not-all-mountains-but-all-drunk-in-switzerland/ This week I will be focusing on just one of the three major wine regions of Switzerland, the Valais (the purple patch on the above map of Switzerland), some …

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Coulée de Serrant, ma déception

Il y a quelques jours, à l'occasion de Val de Loire Millésime, j'ai eu la chance de déguster une belle brochette de Savennières dans un cadre exceptionnel: le Clos de la Coulée de Serrant. Une première, pour moi. Je ne l'avais jamais visité. Même sous la pluie battante, l'endroit est magique, comme hors du temps. …

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Cinquante nuances de pâle et quelques beaux rosés

Les quelques photos qui suivent ont été prises lors du dernier Mondial du Rosé de Cannes, la semaine dernière. Elles illustrent un peu de l'étendue de la palette de couleurs des vins rosés. A ma table, les 5 membres de mon jury (savant mélange d'oenologues français, algériens et espagnols, complété par votre serviteur, sous la …

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A sparkling lesson from three Ls: Laurens, Limoux and Languedoc

If you are looking for very good sparkling wines other than Champagne, look no further! And I will not be talking about appellations in general, as these are inevitably and by nature highly variable in quality from one producer to another, but about a single excellent producer whose full range I have tasted twice recently …

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Fitou and Picpoul: a red and white couple from the Languedoc

On the evening before the recent international (well, slightly international as most of the producers there were French) wine fair held in Paris and called Wine Paris, of which this was the inaugural edition, I went to a tasting organised by two Languedoc appellations, one devoted to red wines, and the other to white wines. …

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My worst wine so far this year!

I apologize to those who consider that one should only talk about trains that arrive on time, but people should be warned of sustances to be avoided. With my colleague Sébastien Durand-Viel we have been tasting, over the past week or so, a long series of rosé wines for a selection that we are producing …

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Friuli: the north eastern limits of Italy

I was recently in Udine, which is the wine capital of this region at the north-eastern tip of Italy whose full name is Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. As this is a bit of a mouthful, I will shorten it to Friuli. On the eastern extremity of the region, one is in an attractively hilly region that borders on …

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