Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Château de Chambord appearing through the gloom (above and below)
François I's 'hunting lodge'
Heading away from the draughty pile (above and below)
Monday, 29 April 2013
Heading across the Sologne to Sancerre
Although driving through the Sologne you are aware that the area is predominantly forested, it is not until you fly over it that it is clear how extensive the forests are.
Pilot and Anne Serres behind in red
There are a lot of trees in the Sologne
Sunday, 28 April 2013
A quartet of photos taken early Saturday morning from the north bank of the Loire@Blois just by the Hotel Mercure shortly before we headed off to taste the last of the Sauvignons.
Bridge over the Loire from the centre of Blois
Some photos from yesterday morning's tasting session at the Château of Blois.
Pierre Chainier, Loire négociant and producer
Pieter de Waal, Hermit on the Hill, South Africa
Thierry Michaud – Touraine producer@Noyers-sur-Cher (above and below)
Julie Guillot, one of the organisers of the Concours
After the tasting: Lionel Gosseaume (world expert on Meslier Saint François and
Interloire's representative for the Concours), Paul Buisse (retired négociant and producer), Christian Girard (retired Touraine producer)
A previous edition of Jim's Loire and a taster@the 16th century Concours
Laurence Fourgeray tasting yesterday
The results of the 4th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon are now out here. Two Loire Sauvignons won two of the four trophies: the 2011 Domaine André Vatan Saint François, Sancerre won the trophy for the best oaked Sauvignon, while Domaine Gibault, 2012 Touraine Sauvignon won the trophy for the unoaked Sauvignon at less than 10€.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
A first glimpse of the butte of Sancerre
Following the second tasting for the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon this morning in Blois there was a helicopter trip to Sancerre, which included an overflight above the vineyards of Pouilly. Here few of the photos from the trip.
Chavignol comes into sight plus vineyards above Saint-Satur in the distance
Vineyards between Amigny and Sancerre
The town of Sancerre (above and below)
Across to Saint-Andelain (above and below)
More photos to follow in further posts.
Friday, 26 April 2013
At the entrance to the Château de Blois – the tasting venue
Part of the Château where the tasting is held
Jean-Pierre Gouvaze: organiser from Interloire
Thomas Costenoble: director of the Concours
Lionel Gosseaume: Touraine Oisly producer in Choussy near Oisly
+ world expert on Meslier Saint François
Dr Jamie Goode (author of the Science of Sauvignon Blanc) flying the flag
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois in background
Trio of photos of the tasting underway
Pierre Chainier tastes while surveying the room