2019 in Loire

Picker @ the Lieubeau vineyards  source of their Confluence cuvée Melon de Bourgogne 2019 Pays Nantais I spent  last Wednesday and Thursday in Muscadet Sèvre et Maine to see how the 2019 vintage is progressing.  The official Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet was on Thursday 5th September. There were a few vignerons that started the …

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Anticipating the 2019 Loire harvest

Pickers @ Sancerre (le Manoir, Vincent Grall) in 2009  The start 2019 harvest in the Loire is fast approaching by the time this post appears it may already have started in the Pays Nantais with the start of picking reported by france bleu to be around 3rd September. The April frosts will have again reduced …

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Fresh crews in Muscadet, Adegga Summer Festival + dates

Muscadet's pyramid Four new Muscadet Crus Communaux After some considerable delay the next four Muscadet Crus Communaux were finally agreed by the INAO on Wednesday 19th June 2019. They now need to be officially signed of by the relevant French minister. Hopefully she or he will soon the necessary pen and the process will soon …

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2019 Loire Millésime (Part 1)

Last week was the third edition of Loire Millésime – an event run by InterLoire to promote Loire wines from the Pays Nantais, Anjou-Saumur and Touraine to opinion formers – journalists, sommeliers, lecturers etc. – from around the world. This now annual event rotates between the three fiefdoms of InterLoire. The first year (2017) was …

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Non au Chardonnay dans le Muscadet !

Comme le rappelle le site de l’INAO, toute modification proposée dans un cahier des charges d’une appellation d’origine fait l’objet d’une procédure d’opposition. En clair, cela permet à ceux qui s’y opposeraient de faire valoir leurs arguments. Les changements proposés dans le cahier des charges du Muscadet, qui prévoient notamment l’entrée du Chardonnay dans l’encépagement, …

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Mes accords de Noël, récapitulatif

C’est toujours assez compliqué de trouver quelques bouteilles qui fonctionnent plus ou moins avec l’ensemble des choses à grignoter et à manger durant le réveillon qu’il soit de Noël ou de nouvel an.   Pour commencer                               les vins dans l'ordre de dégustation Je trouve que le Champagne s’impose, c’est un peu une tradition. Le …

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A few dispatches from a bizarre little island off the north coast of France

You may have thought that the government of this bizarre island were convinced that they should get out of the EU. However, in July they will host a conference that seeks to persuade countries from the Western Balkans to join the EU. See below – you couldn't make it up! Here are some of the …

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