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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

Sunday, 19 October 2014

2014 Loire Vintage: a few more photos from our Tuesday visit to the Layon

 Charlie Pasquiers showing us around the cuverie@Domaine FL's new winery

A small selection of photos taken during our visit to the Layon Valley last Tuesday

 Just harvested Cabernet Franc being loaded into a vat

 Barrel room downstairs@FL

 Pickers@FL – a tri for a light, easy drinking Coteaux du Layon

Grapes (Chenin Blanc) selected for another easy drinking Coteaux du Layon
@Château du Breuil 

Bruno – vineyard manager@Château du Breuil

 Picker@Château du Breuil checking for acid rot
by cutting the bunch open and smelling.
Acid rot has a sharp vinegary aroma

 Cuverie@Château du Breuil

Heading home on the A85 Autoroute 
Steam cloud rising from the Chinon nuclear power station 
could be seen for miles on this very clear day

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