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

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

2014 Renaissance tasting - Saturday 1st February 2014


Jean-Noël Millon, La Source du Ruault

Kenji Hodgson (above) and Maï Sato (below), Champ-sur-Layon 
I liked their clean and concentrated 2012 Faia, 100% Vin de France


Benjamin Joliveau, Domaine Huet, Vouvray (above and below)

I tasted the 2012 Le Mont Sec, which hadn't been released when I bought the bottles of 2012 Le Haut-Lieu and the Clos du Bourg towards the end of September last year. I was much more impressed with Le Mont than I had been with the 2012 Le Haut Lieu and Clos du Bourg. It is a success for the vintage with more weight and complexity than the other two were showing in October 2013. I plan to taste Le Haut Lieu and Clos du Bourg, which have now sold out, at the end of April. It will be interesting to see how they have developed and whether they have taken on more weight. 

Jean-Bernard Berthomé, Domaine Huet, Vouvray (above and below)

Vincent Carême, Vouvray – I particularly liked his Ancestrale Pet Nat

Thibault Ducleux of Les Roches Sèches

Paul Gillet was has taken over Les Maisons Brulées
from Michel and Beatrice Augé

Mme Gillet

Mark Angeli, Ferme de la Sansonnière, Thouarcé

Philippe Delesvaux, St Aubin de Luigné – lovely range of sweet wines 
including a delicate 2012 Passerillé
15%-16% potential picked 29th-30th October

Joël Menard, Domaine des Sablonnettes

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