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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

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

2016 Loire harvest – Chardonnay @Epeigné-les-Bois

Harvesting the Chardonnay for Crémant de Loire 

Before heading the Pays Nantais to get an impression of 2016 in Muscadet, we stopped off quickly to see James Marchais and his equipe picking the Chardonnay for Crémant de Loire.

Unfortunately as in many places in the Loire this year James was hit by frost at the end of April, so this is a decidedly small harvest. Each vine has only two or three bunches – if you are lucky.

 Some good quality grapes but few 
and far between – tiny yield

 James picking

 Matching shoes and trousers


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