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

Monday, 6 July 2009

Paintings and books@Chanceaux-près-Loches

The chapel

Chanceaux-près-Loches: park and château


Chanceaux-près-Loches is an enchanting little hamlet in the middle of the woods to the west of Loches. Although well worth a visit at any time, it holds two major festivals in August – Les Peintres à Chanceaux (14th-16th August 2009 from 10.00-19.00) and La Forêt des Livres (30th August 2009 from 10.00-22.00). This year is the 24th edition of Les Peintres and the 14th of La Forêt.

Five writers: Descartes, Montaigne, Alfred de Vigny, Paul Louis Courrier and Balzac

There is a mural (La Fresque des Écrivains) featuring France's most famous writers on the outside wall of the Pavillon des Chasseurs. It was painted by Armand Langlois between 2003 and 2008.

François Rabelais and Ronsard

Leonardo da Vinci

Réné Decartes: I think – therefore I must be Descartes!

Honoré de Balzac

Marcel Proust

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