Expressions du Vouvray, côté bulles et côté sec

Pour voir les vignes, à Vouvray il faut monter sur le plateau; car on peut très bien traverser les villages de la vallée sans les voir. Ni savoir ce qui s'étend sous leurs ceps. Nous voici donc, fin avril, sur les hauteurs de Vernou-sur-Brenne, près du domaine Vincent Carême. L’occasion de se faire préciser les …

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Some recently enjoyed Loire bottles …..

  We opened the 2005 Mi-Pente, Bourgueil from Domaine de la Butte to welcome one of the new members of our French group. She had first visited us in the Cher Valley in 2005. her stay included a visit to Jacky Blot and she was very struck by Jacky's explanation of the terroirs of La …

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Looming diary dates: VitiLoire + Pinon PO

  VitiLoire @Tours: 26th and 27th May 2018     Vitiloire centres around the Boulevard Heurteloup and close to Tours central station This coming weekend sees VitiLoire in central Tours. This is the Loire’s biggest consumer Wine Fair with some 150 producers from throughout the Loire. It attracts thousands especially on a fine day and …

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2018 Loire Millésime – some thoughts on the second edition

The second edition of Loire Millésime was based in Blois and ran from Sunday 22nd to 25th April. In all some 70 journalists were invited from around the world with a strong contingent from North America.  Visits during this second edition naturally focused on appellations to the east of Tours – the various Touraine appellations, …

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2018 Loire Millésime approaches + recently tasted

A leg brace that is now thankfully surplus to requirements Loch Gynack above Kingussie when the weather is fine there are compensations to convalescing in the Scottish Highlands After spending all of 2018 to date in Newtonmore recovering from my slip on the ice on 2nd January as well as looking after my late mother-in-law, …

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La Loire beckons and other musings..

Picking in Sancerre September 2009 By the time this post appears on the portal of Les 5 du Vin, I will have left London behind and will be installed in the far east of Indre-et-Loire – able to watch the folly and confusion of Brexit from a distance. To date we have established that Brexit …

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A companion or a bible?

V Following last week's post on the new edition of The Wine Bible's coverage of the Loire, David Cobbold asked me to do a comparison with the new edition - the fourth - of The Oxford Companion to Wine. As always I do what I am told ...... Firstly there are some similarities: both are …

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