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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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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Expressions du Vouvray, côté bulles et côté sec

Pour voir les vignes, à Vouvray il faut monter sur le plateau; car on peut très bien traverser les villages de la vallée sans les voir. Ni savoir ce qui s'étend sous leurs ceps. Nous voici donc, fin avril, sur les hauteurs de Vernou-sur-Brenne, près du domaine Vincent Carême. L’occasion de se faire préciser les …

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Langeais: the inauguration of Bourgueil’s Maison des Vins

The new Maison des Vins, 15 Rue Gambetta, Langeais  Maison des Vins just a few paces from the Château de Langeais    The inauguration celebrations  @Château de Langeais 13.6.2018 (above and below)   Appellation Bourgueil's second Maison des Vins was officially inaugurated last night at a ceremony in the courtyard of the Château de Langeais. …

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Some recently enjoyed Loire bottles …..

  We opened the 2005 Mi-Pente, Bourgueil from Domaine de la Butte to welcome one of the new members of our French group. She had first visited us in the Cher Valley in 2005. her stay included a visit to Jacky Blot and she was very struck by Jacky's explanation of the terroirs of La …

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2018 VitiLoire: an enjoyable morning in Tours

We spent a most enjoyable Saturday morning (27th May) in Tours at VitiLoire. It all started well as the SNCF were operating – there was no grève that day. Even better there was a special SNCF promotion for VitiLoire – Chenonceaux to Tours return for just 4 euros each. Furthermore there was full-on sunshine and …

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