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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, 2 July 2013

Gosset trip: dinner with Jean-Pierre Cointreau and Reims Cathedral

Reims Cathedral by night (above and below)

Last evening we had a very enjoyable and excellent dinner at Le Millénaire in the centre of Reims with Jean-Pierre Cointreau. A wide ranging conversation covered a comparison of Vinexpo and Prowein including Prowein's origins in a small room – a show initially organised by SOPEXA. We also covered Cigar Cognacs, links between perfumes and wines/spirits, Gosset's tradition of longer aging for their Champagnes and how this varies from country to country. Italians, for example, like their Champagne very young I guess rather like ex-Prime Minister Silvio Bertolusconi's preference for young women...

The highlight of the meal was a stunning cold asparagus soup with a hazelnut garnish. Afterwards we meandered back to our hotel – Hotel de la Paix – by way of the cathedral.

Jean-Pierre Cointreau, CEO of Champagne Gosset and Cognac Frapin 

Dinner@Le Millénaire – not much left of the chocolate dessert!


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