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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Andrew Jefford on Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé – all things are not equal

The cross above Chavignol with  the often present Sancerre in the distance   There is a very good post (Sancerre and friends) by Andrew Jefford on decanter.com today. Not a surprise that Andrew's article is good. No the surprise is that this is the first time that such a long established wine writer has visited …

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Bain vs INAO

Alexandre Bain (Photo (c) Jim Budd) Je n'ai pas le plaisir de connaître Alexandre Bain, vigneron de Tracy, ni ses vins. Et peut-être que c'est mieux ainsi, si je veux tenter d'émettre un avis impartial. D'après Corinne Caillaud, du Figaro, qui semble bien le connaître, bien qu'elle traite rarement de vin, il s'agit d'un bon vigneron. Il …

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2017 Loire – « très compliqué ! » « plus rien »

Frost destruction: April 2016 For the second successive year the Loire, along with many other vineyards both in France and elsewhere in Europe, has been hit by a series of April frosts. Just as in 2016 it has been a whole series of early morning frosts running over 10 days from 19th April through to …

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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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Oz Clarke, London celebrates, Champeau

 Oz, Chris Stroud (marketing manager -  Europe, New Zealand Winegrowers),   Sir Alexander Lockwood Smith    Sir Alexander Lockwood Smith,  NZ High Commissioner to UK  On Friday 6th may Oz Clarke, writer, actor and broadcaster, was inducted into the The New Zealand Hall of Fame at a brief ceremony at the top of New Zealand House. Sir …

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