Awards and citations:

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

Friday, 31 January 2014

2014 Millésime Bio: photos from Day 2 (28th January 2014)

fred Niger Van Herck calculating how many more amphores 
he can buy... 'probably squeeze one into Guy's bathroom...

Photos of some Loire producers from Day 2 of Millésime Bio (28th January):

Breton-born fred Niger Van Herck (just call him fred it's easier) is rapidly turning into a super-vedette bringing colour and dynamism to the Pays Nantais. It was  impressive the number of vistors who were almost constantly clustered around the stand he shared with Laura Semeria (Cheverny/Cour-Cheverny). Increasingly heavily into amphores of various sizes for both fermentation and maturation.      

fred doing his Aristide Bruant impression

 Grégoire du Bouexic and Thomas Carsin: 

 Jean-Pierre Guedon, Domaine les Hautes Noëlles, 
Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu 

From the Pays Nantais and a successful businessman Jean-Pierre Guedon bought the 25-hectare Domaine les Hautes Noëlles in Saint-Léger-les-Vignes from Serge Batard in 2010. He had sold his transport business in 2008 and as he had always been a keen wine lover, he decided to buy the domaine when it became available, especially as it is the closest vineyard to his house in Pornic some 30 kilometres away.   

Matthieu Vallée, Château Yvonne in Parnay, Saumur/Saumur-Champigny 
2011 Le Gory, Saumur Blanc showing particularly well

Cutting edge lift

While in Montpellier I stayed in the Hotel Oceania, right in the centre of Montpellier. As you can see they have recently installed a new lift. The hotel is slightly faded but comfortable. I had a good big room with plenty of space to work.

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