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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

Thursday, 29 September 2016

#2016Loire – the shocking and sad ravages of mildew

In 27 years of covering wines in the Loire these are amongst the most shocking and sad sights that I have seen. On the eve of the vintage nothing here that could be picked. Bunches of Chenin Blanc grapes attacked and destroyed by mildew.

Taken in Montlouis, this is not to say that there are no decent grapes in Montlouis or other appellations but these photos bring me up short.   

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