Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Charles Sydney Wines: photos from today's tasting

 Chris Hardy, one of the directors of Charles Sydney Wines Ltd

 Chris Hardy surprised to receive 
the company credit card from Philippa Sydney

 Christophe Surget, Couly-Dutheil, Chinon

 Arnaud Couly, Couly-Dutheil, Chinon
(above and below)

 François Lieubeau, Famille Lieubeau
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 

 Vincent Lieubeau, Famille Lieubeau

 Jérôme Choblet, Domaine des Herbauges
Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu 

Alphone Mellot jnr, Alphonse Mellot
(above and below)

 Representing Vignobles Mourat

Comments on the wines to come in separate post.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Two Loire vital dates for your diary: 15th Fête des Vins de Bourgueil + 2017 VitiLoire

 Fête des Vins de Bourgueil

Here are two unmissable dates for your diary if you are in the vicinity of Tours at the right time: Fête des vins de Bourgueil (Saturday 25th March 2017 – 10h to 19h) and Vitiloire  (Saturday 27th May – 10h-19h; Sunday 28th May 10h-18h). 


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

2009 stunning Muscadet Château-Thébaud from Lieubeau family

2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Château-Thébaud
Château de l'Aulnaye, Famille Lieubeau

This is another excellent Muscadet from the Lieubeau family. The 2009 is intended as a precursor of the Château-Thebaud which should soon be one of several new crus communaux that await the swish of the French minister's pen.

Ths 2009 spends three years on its lees which gives this Muscadet unusual richness accentuated by 2009 being a hot and rich vintage. The 2009 has lovely opulence and is utterly delicious. Initially we had it as an apéro and then it went beautifully with grilled salmon steaks. Unfortunately the bottle disappeared all too quickly between the two of us!  

Tasted blind my guess is that few would pick this opulent and delicious wine as a Muscadet. These longer aged Muscadet's are adding a new expression to the wines of the Pays Nantais. Furthermore they are still a remarkable bargain.