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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

Sunday, 20 May 2012

2012 Translayon: open days for domaines in the Layon

Start of the 2011 Translayon in Cléré-sur-Layon 

The Translayon is an annual festival that highlights the attractions of the Layon Valley. The 2012 edition runs from 2nd to 10th June with most of the events happening on the two weekends. It includes a three day walk down the Layon, which CRM and I did last year. We covered around 90 kilometres starting in Clere-sur-Layon and finishing in Challonnes, where the Layon flows into the Loire.  

This year there is a list of producers who will have their portes ouvertes during the festival:

2nd June

du Canal de Monsieur
Château d'Aubigné
St Martin
Blouin Laurent
Du Grand Moulin
EARL Vignoble du Beau Soleil
du Petit Clocher
de la Ducquerie
Château Soucherie
Château de la Calonnière

de la Couchetière-GAEC Brault P&Fils
des Roseraies-Bernard Crasnier
Château Bellevue

EARL Domaine des Acacias

Michel Blouin
de la Gabetterie-Vincent Reuiller
Vignoble du Logis des Noëls

Château de Brossay
des Grandes Brosses-EARL Longépé
Vignoble Rahard
Vignoble Lecointre

(More links to be added.) 

Some photos from 1st Day of the 2011 Translayon: 

Corn and vines in the Upper Layon  

 Walkers entering Passavant-sur-Layon 

Château and flowers by lunchtime stop on first day of walk

Lunchstop on the first day

The welcoming band at Tigné: end of the first day


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