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

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

RSJ Restaurant (London) tasting and dinner: cellar raid – 10th October

Pierre Luneau in his winery drawing a sample of 2011 Muscadet

Brief report on the event:


1] 2010 Rose d’Anjou, Château de la Roulerie, Philippe Germain      

2] 2003 Muscadet sur lie  Le L’d’Or, Pierre Luneau £12.25
3] 1997 Vouvray Sec, Domaine Champalou, Didier Champalou

4] 1989 Montlouis Sec Dominique Moyer

Cauliflower risotto with pan-seared scallops


5] 2000 Saumur Champigny, Domaine des Roches Neuves, Thierry Germain

6] 2000 Saumur Champigny, Terres Chaudes, Thierry Germain

7] 1996 Anjou Villages, Domaine des Rochelles, Jean-Yves Lebreton

8] 1989 Chinon, Domaine de la Perrière, Christophe Baudry

Featherblade of beef, carrots, green beans, mashed potato


9] 1995 Vouvray Cuvée Moelleuse, Didier Champalou                                   

A selection of cheeses


Tom King’s comments following the tasting:

L' d'Or 2003  was nicely balanced and still remarkably fresh

1997 Vouvray Champalou was quite dark colour and ageing fairly quickly [a touch of maderisation]  - a '97 lacking the acidity of some other vintages.
(Jim: acidity was quite low in many 1997s.)

1989 Montlouis Moyer - 2nd bottle much better than first - still had a remarkable freshness and nice fruit

2000 S/C Roches Neuves Domaine - remarkable! drinking really well with lovely balance and good fruit. The surprise of the evening.

2000 Terres Chaudes - very good - obviously more weight than above with good structure - a number of years ahead still.

1995 Anjou Villages Rochelles - wonderful sweet fruit - really delicious 

1989 Chinon Domaine de la Perrière - good but rather surprisingly overshadowed by other reds - showing signs of ageing and seemed to be just past its peak.
(Jim: perhaps not surprising given that this is the easy drinking early bottled cuvée. A bottle of the 89 Vieilles Vignes drunk in August was magnificent.)

1995 Vouvray Moelleuse - lovely balance - nice rich pure Chenin - showing very well with the blue cheeses.


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