The launch of Cru Vallet: potentially the 10th Muscadet Cru Communaux

Cru Vallet This week saw the official launch of Cru Vallet, the latest Muscadet Cru to seek recognition by the INAO and the French Government. Cru Vallet would be the 10th Muscadet Cru Communaux assuming that all goes to plan and that it gains recognition. It is also the potentially largest in terms of area …

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2017 harvest in Pays Nantais – first impressions

 Melon de Bourgogne @Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin  Still a little green – will be picked later this week  or early next week    We arrived in the Pays Nantais this morning after a night in a cheap hotel close to Saumur. It is clear that many producers were badly hit this year by the frosts at …

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Some echoes from 30th Salon des Vins de Loire

The First Salon des Vins de Loire was in 1987 and to date it hasn't missed a year not even after the terrible frost of April 1991. Despite some voices saying that it should be called off the 1992 edition went ahead. My first Salon was in January 1990 and I have been to every edition …

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Muscadet : un trésor caché ? (1/2)

Je vais publier cet article, qui concerne essentiellement la capacité de vieillir des vins de Muscadet, en deux parties à une semaine d’intervalle. En voici la première, avec un compte-rendu de dégustation qui concerne les Muscadets vieillis mais sans mention communale. Cette sélection comporte 15 vins sur les 33 échantillons dégustés. La semaine prochaine, vous …

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