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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

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

1986 Savennières demi-sec Château d'Epiré + 2010 Les tufolies, Saumur-Champigny, Domaine des Champs Fleuris

1986 demi-sec Savennières Château d'Epiré

Dinner with Chenin appreciating friends so a good opportunity to look at a mature Savennières. Despite a short cork, this Château d'Epiré is still in good condition. Mid-burnished gold in colour, slightly fungal aromas with good mouthfilling honeyed fruit and the richness nicely balanced by vibrant, quite austere background of acidity. made a complex and intriguing aperitif and proved to be a good match for a Greek style salad as first course.  

2010 Les tufolies, Saumur-Champigny, Domaine des Champs Fleuris

For the main course a sort of North African shepherd's pie we went from middle aged to nearly extreme youth with this vibrantly fruited, young Saumur-Champigny full of soft round fruit. This is an ideal bottle to enjoy now, though it will doubtless last easily another three or four years but to what purpose? 


Luc Charlier said...

No disguised wit or hidden treachery this time : what is a Greek salad ? I just don’t know.
As for Epiré, it’s always been a favorite of mine. Still a few bottles of ’85, ’89, ’90 in the cellar, both dry and sweet ==> next time you come ?

Jim Budd said...

Luc. A glass of Epiré sounds an excellent idea – thanks.

A Greek salad normally includes tomato, black olives, feta cheese and often cucumber. Mine yesterday had no cucumber but did have roasted artichokes.