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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

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Loire producers@French Wine Discoveries 16.1.2014 (part 1) – Matthieu Coirier

 Matthieu Coirier, Domaine Coirier
AC Fiefs Vendéens Pissotte

This is the first of several posts on Loire producers present at the French Wine Discoveries tasting at Tobacco Dock on 14.1.2014  
The 24-ha Domaine Coirier in Pissotte dates from 1895. The Coirier family is the only individual producer in the Pissotte sub-appellation of the Fiefs Vendéens.   

I enjoyed tasting Matthieu's wines, which I don't think I have tasted before. I particularly liked his two very limited production cuvées: 2011 La Petite Groie (80% Chenin and 20% Chardonnay) with 11 months élévage in 400-litre barrels and the 2011 Mélusine, a equal blend of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Matthieu also showed the 2012 versions of these two wines, which have just been bottled. Although he seemed a little disappointed with how these 2012s were showing at the moment, I thought both showed potential and that they just need time to settle down in bottle.    

Matthieu with 2011 La Petite Groie

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