Central Loire Vineyards – 1990 – 2017

The last 27 years has seen very considerably changes in the Central Loire Vineyards. With one sole exception it has been a tale of success and expansion. It is fascinating to compare the area planted in each of the Central Loire appellation in 1990 with the area planted in 2017. An overall increase of 2451 …

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2016 Loire – to have and have not

Sancerre town rises above the mist – viewed from the Côte des Monts Damnés Layers of mist highlighting the main road from Sancerre to Bourges – the line of trees Today I am am following on from last week's post The Agony & the Ecstasy covering the nearly two days we spent in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé …

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Loire 2016 –the agony and the ecstasy

  The last of the 2016 Pinot Noir arriving at Domaine Vincent Delaporte, Chavignol (AC Sancerre) Carefully tipping the Pinot Noir onto the sorting table @Domaine Vincent Delaporte  Cabernet Franc on Mi-Pente, Domaine de la Butte, Bourgueil  The universal refrain throughout the Loire is that 2016 is 'a very complicated year' – late April frost, poor …

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The success of Sancerre

A week yesterday my co-Cinq colleague David Cobbold reported on a tasting of wines from the Loire's Central Vineyards. He suggested that Sancerre producers were perhaps resting on their laurels and that the size of the Central Vineyard appellations corresponded to their success. No doubt there are producers in Sancerre who sit on the appellation's …

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Réflexions sur les vins de Centre Loire

Un trop bref séjour récent à Sancerre pour animer une table ronde organisée par le CNAOC et portant sur des sujets de fond (le réchauffement climatique, les maladies de la vigne et la réduction des intrants, avec leurs conséquences sur l’encépagement et d’autres règles des appellations) m’a donné l’occasion de demander aux responsables de cette …

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Two dinners and a lunch (part one)

After spending three weeks in the Cher Valley, some 40 kilometres east of Tours, we headed for a three-night stay in Chavignol – an opportunity to eat well and enjoy some Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir not forgetting to fit in a few tastings and a bike ride to mitigate some of the acquired calories. …

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