2019 Loire: Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Vouvray

Sancerre in the evening light – taken from above Chavignol Quick summary of reports: good to excellent vintage in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Vouvray In the middle of last week we spent a day and half making a number of quick visits in Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire to see how the 2019 vintage had gone. Unfortunately it …

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Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau opts for Vin de France + Cab d’Anjou ‘bashing…’

Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau, son of the late Didier Dagueneau and now the wine-maker and head of this famous estate with his sister Charlotte, has decided to ditch the Pouilly-Fumé appellation in favour of Vin de France. According to reports both in La Revue du Vin de France and Le Journal du Centre Louis-Benjamin's decision follows …

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Signing a convention + wines from a relaxed lunch

Communal vineyard @ Epeigné-les-Bois: signing the agreement It can be safely said that Les 5 du Vin cover wine in its many different aspects. Yesterday David wrote about Languedoc with Roussillon, the world's largest vineyard. Today I return to the founding of one of France's smallest parcels of vines – the communal vineyard @ Epeigné-les-Bois …

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Various from Portugal & France

This week I present for your delectation a small collection of info bites – tapas or petiscos perhaps? Portugal Adegga Wine Market on Saturday 1st December 2018 – a date for your diary This year the winter Adegga Wine Market has a new venue at Armazém 16, Marvila, Lisboa with 70 Produtores Adegga, 500 Vinhos, 5 Chefs, …

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2018 Loire – is this the birth of a legendary vintage?

 Pinot Noir awaiting sorting  @Domaine Henri Bourgeois   On Friday Alphone Mellot snr was categorical: "This is a mythical vintage – 1947 but with quantity!" Alphonse Père was born in 1947 – obviously he will remember little of that year but says that he has never seen a vintage of this quality. We will see …

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