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.
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.