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

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Trio of very recently enjoyed Loire wines

 2012 Oriane, Sancerre Rouge, Gérard Boulay

2015 Fief Guérin, Vieilles Vignes, 
Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu, Jérôme Choblet

 2014 La Haute Olive, Chinon,
Pierre & Bertrand Couly

Three attractive Loire wines – two reds and a white – drunk yesterday and today.

Gérard Boulay makes brilliant Sancerre Blanc. His red Sancerre, although well made and very enjoyable to drink, is not at the same height as his whites and doesn't have the same ambition. His 2012 is a juicy, easy drinking Pinot Noir with charm but not at the same level as top Sancerre reds. Certainly a vin des copains

This – 2015 Fief Guérin, Vieilles Vignes, Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu, Jérôme Chobletis a very good example of how good many Muscadets are today. It has lovely rich fruit and texture. Not a style of Muscadet to try to match with shellfish, rather with fine fishes. Would also work with roast chicken. 

The 2014 La Haute Olive, Chinon, Pierre & Bertrand Couly comes from a well known vineyard on the clay limestone coteaux in the commune of Chinon. It has attractively soft cherry fruit and is a pleasure to drink now, although given that it comes from the coteaux I would have expected more structure and concentration.



Friday, 28 April 2017

Garden Bridge: B. Johnson 0 Sadiq Khan + Londoners 6

 Some 30 plus trees that would have 
been cut down to make away for Johnson 
and Lumley's vanity project

Great news: Today Sadiq Khan refused to underwrite the maintenance costs of Boris Johnson's Garden Bridge Folly. Hopefully his decision will have effectively killed off this ludicrous and expensive folly that has wasted at least £43 million of taxpayers money with absolutely nothing to show for all this expense. 

Sadiq Khan now should hold a proper inquiry into how this happened and what lessons can be learned.  

28.4.17: Breaking news – Sadiq Khan refuses to 
give guarantees to underwrite the maintenance 
(above and below)

From one of the threatened trees looking across the 
Thames where the Garden Folly would have gone

Spare trees looking good with 
their fresh young Spring growth

Ampelidae vente aux encheres: 30th April 2017 + Portes Ouvertes: 29th/30th April

Ampelidae's annual auction is on Sunday 30th April starting at noon. Also Portes Ouvertes Saturday and Sunday for this large domaine near to Poitiers. 

Details of the auction here. Auction is to raise money for a local school.

Some of the designs selected for this year