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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

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

2013 Loire Vintage: various photos from our vintage travels

Pinot Noir stems being ejected - Henri Bourgeois

 Sorting Pinot Noir@Henri Bourgeois

View from Clos de la Poussie down to village of Bué

 Picnic above Bué: CRM and Chris Kissack
with provisions mainly bought from charcuterie in Bué

Ubiquitous vans to transport pickers: Alphonse Mellot

It takes a lot of water to make wine! 
Cleaning up equipment@Domaine Vacheron

Amphores are definitely trending..
Without one where is your winery cred?

Part of the Clos du Papillon, Savennières 
above the Château des Vaults  (3.10.2013)

 Clos du Papillon (3.10.13): bunches (above and below) from vines inside walled part
As far as I know no grapes yet picked here on this date.
Vignerons in Anjou were just getting started on early varieties: Grolleau etc.

Rot has been a feature of 2013 throughout Loire 
but without (to date) rotten tastes or much concentration

Clos du Papillon: vines to right of the track (as u face the Loire) 
that leads past the Moulin de Gué to the Clos du Papillon 
Richard Kelley has a very good map of the AC here 

Château du Nozet, Ladoucette

Following special request from Eric Florkin dog bite on right calf pics taken a couple of days after event (18.9.13) – now healed up, fortunately. 

Beware the badlands of Saint-Georges-sur-Cher also rampaging braques de weimar!  

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