Loire: increased frost protection – inc report from Chinon

Anti-frost wind turbine at Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil  Paulée Nantaise: October 2017 This April will be a particularly stressful month for many Loire producers: a third consecutive frost would be catastrophic for many growers who were hit by frost in both 2016 and 2017. Fortunately, the weather to date in 2018 has been cold, so bud break …

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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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Châteaumeillant @25

In 2009 you could probably have become a world expert on the wines of Châteaumeillant by spending a single day there. Today it will take a little longer before such a claim can be made as there are now 25 producers up from just the four or five in 2010. Châteaumeillant, on the northern edge …

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2015 – it’s all starting to kick off in the Loire!

The 2015 Loire vintage is now underway and is likely to continue at least until the middle or end of October. It is certainly quite an early start – not as early as 2011 when some Touraine producers, such as the Clos Roche Blanche, started in late August. Nor as early as 2003 when Reuilly …

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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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