Approaching Loire dates for your diary

Biotyfoule 21 vigneronnes et vignerons bio tourangeaux vous donnent rendez-vous dans le hall de la Mairie de Tours les samedi 24 et dimanche 25 novembre 2018 pour la 9e édition de Biotyfoule. Alors que les Français n'ont jamais été autant intéressés par les vins bio, cet événement sera l'occasion de découvrir qui se cache derrière …

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Nick Faith, 2018 Loire, Paris-Tours highlights Vouvray

Au revoir Nick 2005 – Nick Faith receiving the 2004 André Simon Drinks Book Award  The eminent journalist and writer, Nick Faith, died on Wednesday 26th September at the age of 85. He was born in London on 6th July 1933. I was privileged to get to know Nick when he joined the Circle of …

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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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