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

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Readers' offer: Loire Valley Retreat (Château de Chargé) close to Chinon

Château de Chargé

Loire Valley Retreat, run by Jérôme & Charlotte Field, is kindly offering readers of Jim's Loire a 20% reduction on one week stays at Château de Chargé during June, September and October. I haven't visited the property but it has very positive reviews on Trip Advisor – 263 excellent travellers' ratings. The château is less than 15 minutes (just over 8 km) by car from Chinon.

Jérôme and Charlotte explain: 
'We are a family run and family friendly cottage cluster (we have 4 gîtes catering for different size families).

We have been operating for 6 years now and are highly rated on TripAdvisor.  We would very happy to offer your readers a 20% discount for one week stays in June, September and October with offer code "Following Jim". The code should be mentioned during an enquiry or booking over the phone ( or by email ( or'

The breakfast room

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