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

Monday, 6 April 2015

Lundi de Pâques – a few photos from Touraine: Bourgueil and nearly Chinon

  Welcome sign at Saint-Patrice the eastern
 extremity of AC Bourgueil

Even the rabbits are red in Bourgueil!

 Minière: Belgian chocolates and wine  (above and below)


 The impressive approach to the Château

We dropped into the Portes Ouvertes @Château de Petit Thouars to buy wine and chocolate cake:

 North face of the château

 Vineyard above and close to the château

 Sap rising on pruned shoot...
but vines seem to have hardly moved 
over the past eight/nine days 
but with fine weather forecast could see budding 
starting by the end of the week

 South face of the château
(above and below)

 Portes Ouvertes

 Choco Roi – one of the attractions @Les Portes Ouvertes 

 Sculptors working with tuffeau – the local limestone 

 Two sculptors and a guard dog...

 First brilliant day since we arrived on 18th March – detail of the château

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