Thierry Germain – an early PetNat adopter?

1996 Insolite – an early PetNat? Thierry Germain of the Domaine des Roches Neuves has long been an innovative producer. Hailing from Bordeaux he was the first of his family to invest in the Loire Valley to be followed by his father, Bernard, and his brother, Philippe. In 1991 he bought Roches Neuves in Varrains …

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Clos Rougeard & Château de Sancerre: two headline Loire purchases

Nady Foucault tasting in the Clos Rougeard cellar in 2009   There have been two recent purchases of well-known Loire domaines that have hit the headlines. Firstly Maison Ackerman buying Château de Sancerre from the Campari Group, who have decided to divest themselves of all their still wine portfolio. Then at the end of last …

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Jim’s off on an adventure: Amélie Neau

  Amélie Neau, Domaine de Nerleux, Saumur-Champigny, Saumur and Coteaux du Saumur While I am away my Tuesday posts will be brief and prepared in advance using photos for some Loire producers. If my fellow Les 5 wish to add any other posts on my Tuesday slot they are very welcome to do so.  

Farewell Charly Foucault – such sad news!

Charly Foucault: 1947 - 29th December 2015 (Charly in October 2010) I am very shocked and sad to learn of the death overnight of Charly Foucault, the elder of the two brothers who run the exceptional Clos Rougeard making Saumur-Champigny, Saumur and Coteaux de Saumur. These are great wines and they have a great capacity to …

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Summer shorts: Les Grandes Tablées + Veuve Clicquot – a major producer of Prosecco…..

It was good to be invited to the 2015 edition of Les Grandes Tablées de Saumur-Champigny ten years after I was invited to the 2005 edition. Although it has grown enormously since then, the formula remains the same along with the friendly conviviality. Back in 2005 this was a one-day event now it is held …

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To visit: Le Pas Saint Martin, Saumur and Anjou!

I'm afraid I tend to treat Doué-la-Fontaine, on the border between Saumur and Anjou, as a series of roundabouts to negotiate when heading to or heading back from the Layon. Although it is the home of Moulin-Touchais, Doué-la-Fontaine is rather far from being one of the Loire's well-known wine producing sites as it falls between …

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Bulles de Loire (3): Chenin faisant

J'ai deux bonnes raisons de me rappeler - en bien -  de la dégustation des Crémants de Loire et des Saumur organisée pour nous lors du Salon d'Angers. Merci Interloire! L'ami Jim nous accueille chez Interloire, sur le lieu de la dégustation. Primo, bon nombre de vins m'ont vraiment plu. Ce qui est assez rare chez …

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