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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Approaching Loire dates for your diary

Biotyfoule 21 vigneronnes et vignerons bio tourangeaux vous donnent rendez-vous dans le hall de la Mairie de Tours les samedi 24 et dimanche 25 novembre 2018 pour la 9e édition de Biotyfoule. Alors que les Français n'ont jamais été autant intéressés par les vins bio, cet événement sera l'occasion de découvrir qui se cache derrière …

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Bourgueil et Langeais, patrimoines ligériens

Depuis le début du mois de juin, les vignerons de Bourgueil ont ouvert une Maison des vins au pied du Château de Langeais. Leur objectif : faire découvrir les vins de l’appellation à une clientèle touristique du monde entier. La boutique, qui propose pas moins de 180 références a particulièrement bien tourné cet été, grâce …

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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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2018 Loire – is this the birth of a legendary vintage?

 Pinot Noir awaiting sorting  @Domaine Henri Bourgeois   On Friday Alphone Mellot snr was categorical: "This is a mythical vintage – 1947 but with quantity!" Alphonse Père was born in 1947 – obviously he will remember little of that year but says that he has never seen a vintage of this quality. We will see …

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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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In praise of (some) older wines

No doubt about it: people tend to drink their wines younger and younger. This trend does not preclude pleasure from these bottles, particularly since the whole wine production process has adapted to this major market demand, from the vineyard through to the preparation for bottling. I will mention a few of these improvements and interactions …

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