Zéros + an update on Wine.Pop

Jacky Blot's very successful Triple Zéro On 28th November my fellow Cinq – David – decried 'la dictature du faible dosage en Champagne'. I don't know when the first non dosé Loire sparkling wine was released but certainly this has become a popular and successful category of fizz in the Loire. In my experience sparkling …

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Two days focusing on the Loire – Crémants and VitiLoire – but sight of a swelling storm cloud over Vouvray

Friday and Saturday I enjoyed two good days tasting Loire wines. On Friday morning I joined the press trip based around the Concours National des Crémants for a tasting of Crémants de Loire. I had the pleasure of being with fellow 5 – the ebullient Hervé, who was on excellent form. However, a word of …

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Bulles de Loire (2): Fizzing in the Loire

Although Saumur is the centre of the industry, sparkling wine is made through the Loire. From the Pays Nantais, where Gros Plant is often the majority grape, all the way to the Côte Roannaise and Côtes de Forez – made from Gamay or non-AC white varieties. As David wrote yesterday the sparkling wines from the …

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Bulles de Loire (1): fines et raisonnables

 Trois des quatre au travail pour cette dégustation. Jim prenait la photo. Hervé réfléchissait à sa prochaine blague. Marc peaufinait ses notes. David s'occupait du service. Un vrai petit ménage à 4 ! (photo Jim Budd) Il y a quinze jours, 4 membres de ce blog collectif se sont retrouvés à Angers, à l'occasion du …

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Bulles sur la Loire : les 5 enquêtent

Bulles sur la Loire, bulles de Loire, je ne pouvais pas imaginer meilleure photo pour cette introduction. Le crédit est dûment affiché. Lors du récent Salon des Vins de Loire, 4 membres de ce blog à 5 têtes (plus ou moins pensantes) ont dégusté, à l'aveugle, une série de vins effervescents issue de deux appellations …

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Some Highland Loires

Although we are spending the summer in the Highlands of Scotland, we are still enjoying some good Loire bottles that we brought up from London with us. We are getting in plenty of cycling, which naturally is provoking a considerable thirst! First up: 2007 Excelsior Domaine Pierre Luneau Papin Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine This long aged Muscadet …

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