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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

Friday, 23 January 2015

A first real sight of Loire 2014s: Philippa & Charles Sydney's tasting

 Jérôme Choblet: just one of many happy faces of 
Loire producers after the 2014 vintage

After having tasted 2014 juice and cuvées in the process of fermenting it was good to have a first opportunity to see how the evident promise of 2014 is being transformed towards finished wine. Philippa & Charles Sydney's traditional January tasting showed that there is plenty to look forward to in 2014. 

It may be one of those fairly rare Loire vintages where it is successful, quality-wise, across the range – dry whites to sweet as well as red. Quantity is going to be an issue for a good number of Loire producers who are faced with the third successive small vintage.      

Dr Loire – Chris Kissack: proof positive that 
the Scottish medical system works a 33-hour day! 

A quizzical Vincent Lieubeau, Famile Liebeau, Pays Nantais

 Jo Standen MW, Wine Society
Highly respected buyer who has long supported the Loire

 Séverine Branchereau, Domaine des Forges
Excellent range of Savennières and sweets from the Layon

 Jean-Hubert Lebreton exploring the 2013 
La Croix de la Mission, Anjou-Villages Brissac

 Richard Hemming: part of Team Jancis Robinson
(above and below)

 The three stages of Howard Winn 
(above and below)

Chris Hardy: wine buyer for Majestic and long Loire supporter:
assessment and impressions 

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