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1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

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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, 2 October 2012

2012 Loire: Pineau d'Aunis@Clos Roche Blanche (Touraine)

 A relatively plentiful crop of Pineau d'Aunis 

On Friday morning we dropped over to the Clos Roche Blanche in Mareuil-sur-Cher where they were picking the Pineau d'Aunis. Catherine Roussel: "It is our only variety where we have nearly a normal crop this year. Also we usually pick it after our Côt (Malbec) but this year it is ready before the Côt is properly ripe.  

Catherine Roussel: la patronne 
 Pineau d'Aunis (above and below)

Monsieur Hoddie – grapes are picked into small buckets and then tipped into the hod, which is carried to the trailer. When the trailer is full it will be taken to the chai 


Messieurs Hoddies 


 La pause café

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