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 investdrinks.org

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, 12 September 2019

2019 Loire vintage – picking underway in Muscadet

Picker @ the Lieubeau vineyards 
source of their Confluence cuvée

Melon de Bourgogne 2019


The official Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet was on Thursday 5th September. There were a few that started the day before but more general picking appears to have started during this week. Otherwise picking has been gradually getting underway with favourable weather conditions, even a little rain during Monday 8 to 12 mm. This case the rain should have been helpful as it has been very during here, although not as dry I think as in the Cher Valley.  

As last year the grapes are very healthy. The crop, however, is substantially down on a normal year with an estimate of 250,000 hls, around half of normal. This is due primarily to the April frosts but the drought has further lowered the crop – small berries with not much juice inside. 

It is likely that the pace of picking will pick up as producers will want to avoid acidity levels dropping. At the moment the little 2019 juice that I have tasted appears well balanced.

More reports to follow.  

Friday, 9 August 2019

Loire Master Level Course – Wine Scholar Guild starting September 23rd


This autumn I will be taking part in presenting this Loire Master Level Course.

Here are the details: 
 
'The new Loire Master-Level program is an in-depth course of study conducted at the master-level and designed for all committed students of wine whether wine professionals or serious wine hobbyists.


The Loire Valley is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world. Dry and sweet, still and sparkling. White, red and rosé. The Loire has it all. And in the flair of a new and exciting generation of winemakers who are pushing the envelope and this region is poised to take its rightful place at the centre of the wine world. 




STUDY UNDER LOIRE EXPERTS & MASTERFUL INSTRUCTORS INCLUDING
Pascaline Lepeltier MS, MOF, Andrew Jefford, Chris Kissack, Jim Budd, Jo Landron, Damien Delencheneau, Benoît Roumet, Véronique Rivest, Nicolas Joly and Alice Feiring.  


ENJOY A DYNAMIC DISTANCE-LEARNING EXPERIENCELike all other WSG courses, the Loire ML series is supported by extensive student material: live webinars, a detailed manual, custom maps, e-learning modules, quizes, practice exams and forums. 


Starts September 23rd 2019
 

Info & Registration: www.WineScholarGuild.org/loire

Save 10% with your coupon code LV – JIM







Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ridiculous! – Sébastien David loses his legal challenge – you can help Sébastien continue to make wine




Sébastien David


 

The Law is an Ass!

It seems utterly absurd and unjust that Sébastien David has lost his case against the order of the Préfet of Indre-et-Loire to destroy 2078 bottles of Sébastien's 2016 Coef, which is alleged to have an excess of volatile acidity. However, this is very much in dispute as four tests showed that the level of VA in the 2016 was above the permitted level, while four other tests showed that level of VA below. This is hardly the basis to sanction the destruction of someone's business as the loss of 2078 bottles of the 2016 Coef will represent a loss of around 50,000€!

 

 

The Cavistes Alternatifs have launched a crowdfunding initiative to support Sébastien by offering 2078 empty bottles of 2016 Coef from 22€ each. 

I have been very happy to support this excellent initiative and look forward to receiving my empty bottle in due course. The petition in support of Sébastien David attracted 171,695 signatures. It only needs a small fraction of Sébastien's supporters to buy an empty bottle of 2016 Coef to allow Sébastien to save his business.
 
Please support Sébastien!

'2078 bouteilles contre l’injustice. 

Sébastien David, vigneron en Loire connu et reconnu, conduit sa vigne et ses vinifications en bio et en biodynamie pour produire des vins rouges qui se retrouvent tant sur la table des plus grands restaurants que chez les amateurs du monde entier. Des vins gourmands, vivants, des vins d’émotion, à mille lieux des vins industriels aux 100 intrants. L’administration a, contre tout entendement, ordonné la destruction d’une de ses cuvées, jugée non conforme… et ordonné leur destruction.
Pour lutter contre cette décision d’injustice et venir en aide à Sébastien David, les Cavistes Alternatifs ont décidé, avec l'accord de Sébastien, de mettre en vente 2078 bouteilles vides qui correspondent aux 2078 bouteilles de Coëf 2016 détruites.


Des bouteilles sans vin mais pas vides de sens. 

Pour soutenir l’entreprise d’un passionné dont le travail plaît aux palais du monde entier, dont le seul « crime » est de pratiquer une agriculture artisanale, respectueuse de l’environnement, nous vous proposons ces 2078 bouteilles vides, numérotées, symboles de la résistance face aux aberrations administratives.
Acheter une bouteille de vin vide peut paraître ridicule… Interdire une cuvée entière sans aucune raison valable l’est bien plus encore.

L'intégralité des recettes de cette campagne de collecte servira à compenser le manque à gagné causé par cette décision de justice ridicule, synonyme d'arrêt de mort pour l'entreprise agricole de Sébastien David.'


'Rappel des faits. 

Acte 1
Sébastien David reçoit la visite d’un agent de la DGCCRF (Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes) qui lui prélève 3 bouteilles de sa cuvée « Coef » millésime 2016, qu’il vinifie naturellement et élève en amphores et qui donne, millésime après millésime, des vins magnifiques.


L’analyse des échantillons par le BIEV (Bureau d’Investigation des Enquêtes Vinicoles) y aurait décelé une teneur en acidité volatile au dessus de la norme alors même que la technicienne du même laboratoire trouvait cette teneur « satisfaisante » après examen organoleptique. Sébastien procède alors à deux contre-analyses dont les résultats vont tous deux à l’encontre des résultats du BIEV et sont même en dessous de la norme européenne.

Pour l’anecdote, l’instrument de mesure utilisé par le BIEV leur a été vendu par ce même laboratoire où Sébastien a procédé aux contre-expertises. Et les techniciens de ce laboratoire de lâcher que « ce n’était pas la première fois qu’un employé du BIEV n’utilisait pas correctement l’appareil » !

Malgré les résultats des deux contre-expertises, les inspecteurs bloquent le lot de 2,078 bouteilles (mise sous scellé avec interdiction d’y toucher) et portent l’affaire devant le tribunal de grande instance de Tours. Mais ce dernier juge la faute non recevable et ‘libère’ le lot. Fin de l’Acte 1, soulagement pour Sébastien.

Acte 2
Soulagement de très courte durée car le même jour que le jugement du tribunal de Tours (étonnant parfois cette rapidité de l’administration), Sébastien reçoit de la part de la préfète d’Indre et Loire, Corinne Orzechowski (pref-secretariat-prefet@indre-et-loire.gouv.fr), un arrêté lui demandant de faire détruire, dans le mois, son lot de 2,078 bouteilles. Ayant demandé une audience pour connaître les motifs de cet arrêté de destruction, la préfète botte en touche et renvoie aux services de la DGCCRF. Vous avez dit justice expéditive ?


Acte 3
Afin d’éviter la destruction de ces magnifiques bouteilles qui représenterait un préjudice financier énorme et mettrait son entreprise en péril, Sébastien n’a d’autre recours que la procédure en référé d’urgence dont l’audience a eu lieu vendredi 10 mai à 11 heures au tribunal administratif d’Orléans. 


Acte 4
Lundi 13 mai, la justice a rendu une décision en demi-teinte, mais qui laisse de l’espoir à Sébastien David. Me Eric Morain - avocat du vigneron bio -, explique: «Le tribunal administratif d’Orléans a rejeté la demande de suspension de l’arrêté ordonnant la destruction du vin de Sébastien David, au motif qu’on ne démontrait pas qu’il y avait urgence. Mais dans le même temps, le tribunal a ordonné que le fond de l’affaire soit examiné très rapidement lors d’une prochaine audience». 


Epilogue
Le tribunal administratif d'Orléans a rejeté jeudi 4 juillet la demande d'annulation de l'arrêté préfectoral ordonnant la destruction des 2.078 bouteilles de la cuvée de 2016.







 

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As usual the commune of Epeigné-les-Bois (Indre-et-Loire) will once again have the honour to kick off the Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday 13th July at 7.30 pm. This year marks the 230th anniversary of the start of the French Revolution.

The rest of France will attempt to catch up the following day..... 

Monday, 8 July 2019

La Paulée d’Anjou (30th June 2019) – tasting and dinner



Château de la Roche aux Moines – Coulée de Serrant

Sunday 30th June saw the first edition of the renovated La Paulée d’Anjou with the tasting (some excellent wines) held in the shade of the tree-lined walkway of the Coulée de Serrant and a very fine dinner, especially considering that there were over 550 diners at the Greniers de St Jean in Angers. For the first time producers from Saumur were invited to participate. The wines shown at La Paulée are all organic or biodynamic. Overall it was undoubtedly a huge success and an example of the dynamism that Ivan Massonnat (Domaine Belargus) has brought to the region. The first Paulée d'Anjou was held in 2012. Next year’s edition will be held in Saumur on Monday 22nd June 2020.

Tasting
My favourite wines from the Paulée tasting (105 wines presented):
Prices shown when these wines are still available.

2017 La Lune en Amphores, Vin de France, Mark & Martial Angeli & Bruno Ciofi
100% Chenin Blanc, 28€ (cavistes)
2015 Les Foucardes, Vin de France, Mark & Martial Angeli & Bruno Ciofi
100% Chenin Blanc, 34€ (cavistes)
2014 Les Gâts, Anjou, Patrick Baudouin 100% Chenin, 40€
2017 Les Cormiers, Saumur Blanc, Château de Villeneuve
Jean-Pierre et Florence Chevallier, 100% Chenin, 21€
2017 Le Grand Clos, Saumur Champigny, Château de Villeneuve, Jean-Pierre et Florence Chevallier, 100% Cabernet Franc, 26€
2016 Rocca Nigra, Anjou Villages Brissac, Domaine de Bablut, Christophe & Antoine Daviau, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.10€
2016 Les Callardières, Savennières, Domaine du Closel, Evelyne de Pontbriand
100% Chenin Blanc, 34.9€
2018 Montée de l'Epine, Anjou Rouge, Domaine Delesvaux, Catherine & Philippe Delesvaux,
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5€
2018 Saumur Champigny, Fabien Duveau, 100% Cabernet Franc, 12€
2017 Pierre Blanche, Anjou Blanc, Château de la Viaudière, Agnes & Pierre Antoine, Giovannoni, 100% Chenin Blanc, 13.5€
2016 La Petite Cerisaie, Saumur Puy Notre Dame, Domaine Mélaric, Mélanie & Aymeric Hillaire, 100% Cabernet Franc, 20€
2017 Savennières Roche aux Moines, Domaine aux Moines, Tessa Laroche
100% Chenin Blanc, 30€
2016 Les Genêts, Savennières, Domaine Laureau, Florence & Damien Laureau,
100% Chenin Blanc, 35€

2016 Le Bel Ouvrage, Savennières, Domaine Laureau, Florence & Damien Laureau, 100% Chenin Blanc, 48€
2015 Jarret de Montchenin, Anjou Blanc, Château de Passavant, Olivier Lecomte
100% Chenin Blanc, 20.5€
2013 Clos d'Entre les Murs, Saumur Blanc, Château de Parnay, Mathias Levron
100% Chenin Blanc, 69€
2017 Le Clos des Mailles, Domaine Pierre Menard, Pierre Menard
100% Chenin Blanc, 21€
2015 Le Coulée d'Aunis, Saumur Blanc, La Source du Ruault, Jean-Noël Millon
100% Chenin Blanc, 19€
2013 Fides, Savennières, Eric Morgat, 100% Chenin Blanc, 50€
2017 La Jarre de Juchepie, Anjou Blanc, Domaine de Juchepie, Eddy Oosterlink
100% Chenin, 26€
2016 Clos le Grand Beaupréau, Savennières, Château Pierre-Bise, René Papin
100% Chenin, 23€
2017 La Bigottière, Savennières, Domaine Richou, Didier & Damien Richou
100% Chenin Blanc, 20€
2017 Le Champ de la Pierre, Anjou Gamay, Domaine Richou, Didier & Damien Richou, 100% Gamay, 13€
2018 Ronceray, Anjou Blanc, Château de Plaisance, Patricia & Guy Rochais
100% Chenin Blanc, 30€
2014 Les Poyeux, Saumur Champigny, Domaine Sanzay, Antoine Sanzay
100% Cabernet Franc
2017 Saumur Blanc, Château Yvonne, Mathieu Vallée, 100% Chenin Blanc, 23€
2016 Anjou, Château de Suronde, Kathleen van den Berghe, 100% Chenin Blanc, 25€

The dinner @ Musée Jean Lurçat (apéro) and Les Greniers de St Jean (dinner)

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The patient wait for an apéro 
IMG_0116       The three chefs who prepared the dinner plus the cheese affineur
Ivan Massonnat (blue shirt) who led the renovation of the Paulée 
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The first course
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2015 Clos Serteaux, Savennières, Eric Morgat
Un Grand Vin !
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Saturday, 29 June 2019

Amboise seeks Côt-solidation.......


 Ambition for a new Appellation 


During the heatwave water had pride of place....


On Thursday and Friday (27th and 28th June) I was in Amboise for the conference – Amboise and Côt. Amboise is seeking promotion from Appellation Touraine-Amboise to the cru status of Amboise, dropping the mention of Touraine in a move up the AOP pyramid. The intention is that the new Amboise appellation will be for wines from only two grape varieties – Côt for red and rosés and Chenin Blanc for whites.  It is hoped that this can all be concluded in three years time. I suspect that this timing is optimistic and agreement by the INAO and the French government is likely to take more time. 

This week's conference focused on Côt – also known in some parts of the world as Malbec. Côt producers from Amboise were joined by Auxerrois producers from Cahors. Auxerrois is the local for Côt in Cahors and apparently the original name for this grape variety. 

 Xavier Frissant, leading Touraine Amboise producer 
and President of Touraine-Amboise
A leading actor behind the push for AOP Amboise


Jérémy Arnaud
Terroir manager from Cahors
and animator of the conference

Henri Galinie 

Samuel Leturcq

Leonard Laborie




The morning of Thursday 27th was dedicated to a detailed explanation of the origins of Côt and to the similarities and differences between the climate, soils and topography Amboise and Cahors. There were four principal speakers: Henri Galinie (expert in the history of grape varieties in the Loire Valley), Léonard Laborie (historien chercheur au CNRS), Samuel Leturcq (maître de conférence en histoire médiévale à l'Université de Tours) and Françoise Vannier (expert des terroirs, Cabinet ADAMA).  

The parents of Auxerrois/Côt are the Madeleine Noir from Charentes and the Prunelard Noir with is origins in south west France. The the first textual mention of Côt in Touraine is in the latter part of the 18th Century. However, according to Henri Galinie, expert in the history of grape varieties in the Loire Valley, it is very likely that it was planted here during the 16th Century. 

The name Malbec comes from a Monsieur Malbec, who was either a nurseryman or a a producer or perhaps both who managed to make Malbec a popular variety in Bordeaux during the 19th Century from where it was widely exported to Australia, Argentina and Chile. Hence the current domination of the name Malbec. 

The tunnel under the Château d'Amboise   

After a steamy morning passed in the heat of the conference theatre we repaired to the very welcome cool of the tunnel under the Château d'Amboise to taste a range of wines from Amboise and Cahors. My comments on the wines will appear in a subsequent post.   

         

  

Monday, 24 June 2019

2019 Adegga Summer Festival @Carcavelos: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June





For the first time the Adegga Summer Festival will be held outside Lisbon, itself. Instead it will be at Carcavelos, a beach resort a little to the west of Lisbon down the Tagus. It will be held at the Nova School of Business and Economics, Rua Holanda n.1, 2775-405 Carcavelos, Portugal. 

400 wines from 40 Portuguese producers with prices ranging from 5€ to 50€. Saturday 29th from 15.00 to 22.00 and Sunday from 15.00 to 20.00. Carcavelos is on the railway line from the Cais do Sodre station in Lisbon to Cascais with regular service. There will also be a shuttle service from the Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII to the event venue.  

This is a great chance to taste some of the best Portuguese wines as well as meet the people who make them. 

Details of the festival here

Sadly we are unable to make it this year as will be in the Loire for a conference on Côt at Amboise, followed by the Paulée d'Anjou and the Chenin Blanc Conference in Angers. 

 






Sunday, 23 June 2019

Muscadet Crus Communaux – INAO finally approve 4 new crus – Minister searches for their stylo....

Muscadet's pyramid



After some considerable delay the next four Muscadet Crus Communaux were finally agreed by the INAO on Wednesday 19th June 2019. They now need to be officially signed of by the relevant Franch minister. Hopefully she or he will soon the necessary pen and the process will soon be concluded. The four new crus are Goulaine, Château-Thébaud, Monnières Saint-Fiacre et Mouzillon-Tillières.

Work continues on three more crus: La Haye-Fouassière, Vallet et Champtoceaux. La Haye-Fouassière and Vallet like the other seven are in the Sèvre-et-Maine, while Champtoceaux is in Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire. The latest news is that Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu is now getting into the starting blocks in a bid to become the 11th Muscadet Cru Communaux.

The advent of the four new crus should considerably augment the production, which is currently at around 6000 hls from 150 hectares of vines for the three existing crus – Clisson, Gorges and Le Pallet.  


Press release from the Vins de Nantes:
'L’Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) a validé, mercredi 19 juin,
la reconnaissance officielle de quatre nouveaux crus communaux du Muscadet : Goulaine, Château-Thébaud, Monnières Saint-Fiacre et Mouzillon-Tillières, affirmant un peu plus le caractère et la montée en gamme des vins du Muscadet. 


Clisson, Gorges et Le Pallet ont ouvert la voie du renouveau du Muscadet en 2011. Goulaine, Château-Thébaud, Monnières Saint-Fiacre et Mouzillon-Tillières viennent de rejoindre le cercle fermé et sélectif des crus communaux du Muscadet. Désormais, ces sept dénominations géographiques complémentaires représentent le haut-de-gamme du vignoble de Nantes. Tous situés dans le secteur du Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, ils offrent une complexité et une aptitude au vieillissement qui en font des vins pour la gastronomie. 

La richesse et la complexité de ces vins issus du Melon de Bourgogne, cépage unique au monde, étonnera au point de les hisser au rang des grands vins du Val de Loire.

La liste de ces crus communaux devrait s’allonger avec l’arrivée des trois prochaines dénominations de crus encore à l’étude : La Haye-Fouassière, Vallet et Champtoceaux ainsi qu’une démarche naissante sur les Cotes de Grandlieu. « Les crus du Muscadet, qui témoignent de la nouvelle segmentation de l’
AOC, représentent pour la récolte 2018 autour de 150 ha pour près de 6000 hl. La plupart des cuvées sont valorisés entre 10 et 15 € majoritairement sur les circuits CHR, caviste et export » précise Olivier Martin, Porte-parole de la Fédération des Vins de Nantes.'

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Sébastien David: an update

Sébastien David with a bottle of Coëf 
yesterday @Orléans


Back in early May I posted about the legal threat to destroy all of the production of Sébastien David's 2016 Coëf, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil because of an alleged excess of volatile acidity. On Friday 11th May there was an hearing in Orléans when Sébastien attempted to get the order from the Préfete de Indre-et-Loire – Corinne Orzechowski – to destroy these bottles overturned. 

The judges decided that this case needed to be heard urgently in greater detail and this happened yesterday in Orléans. Sébastien and his lawyer, Eric Morain who successfully defended Olivier Cousin, made their submissions to the judges, who will apparently give their judgment on 11th July. 

Curiously there are now eight analytical results for Sébastien's 2016 Coëf – four above the permitted level of volatile acidity for Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and four below. It does seem very odd that it appears impossible to obtain and agreed figure.     


On May 6th Rémy Bossert launched a petition in support of Sébastien. It has had an extraordinary success now having reached 171,529 signatures. Here Rémy gives an update (21st June 2019).    


Update from Rémy Bossert:
'At the hearing on the background of this Thursday, June 20th at the court of great instance in Orleans, the judges listened carefully to the arguments of Sébastien David and his lawyer Me Eric Morain. What would push these judges to order the destruction of these 2078 Bottles?


Is this wine illegal? The measures carried out give 4 results above the limit and 4 below. So he is off-law for 4 measures and compliance with the law for 4 others! What are we talking about: a difference of 0, xx on a threshold set by an outdated law of 1920 and which has no reason to be. In fact, a hundred appellations, elsewhere in France, allow rates of volatile acidity of 25 or 30 (while in Sébastien's case, the maximum measures are 20,5).

Is this wine dangerous to health? No, a rate of volatile acidity has no impact on health. In addition, this 2106 cuvée, has no inputs except grapes, while most conventional wines contain about twenty chemical molecules (Pesticides, etc).

Is the consumer clearly informed about the product? To be informed about a product is to indicate the list of ingredients that make it up. As this wine contains only grapes, Sébastien proposes to add on the counter-Label: " contains exclusively fermented grape juice, without any added inside or sulfite and with a rate of volatile acidity near or slightly above the Upper Limit, following the bottle."

Is this wine drinkable? Just read the comments of cavistes, professionals and amateurs during the trade shows and on social networks to convince themselves.

If the judges, who have to deliberation on the background, have the "sense of good", they will show common sense.

Decision towards mid-July at the earliest.

change.org/vinslibres'

Like Rémy I hope that the judges show good sense and stop this order to destroy 2078 bottles of Sébastien David's 2016 Coëf Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. I have to wonder what is behind this move to threaten the livelihood of a Loire wine producer, who is outspoken and campaigns against weedkillers and unnecessary additives in wine.   

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Pancho Campo's MW restored.....?





'Cala Pancho Campo MW'


17th May 2019: Tasting of 10 wines 
presented by Pancho Campo MW



In these grim days it is cheering to have a Good News story. Pancho Campo's many friends and admirers will doubtless be delighted that Pancho has apparently returned to the MW fold. Campo famously resigned as an Master of Wine in early May 2012. 

'Pancho Campo MW' will be London tomorrow presenting Spanish 10 wines. Unfortunately I somehow missed the official announcement from the Institute of Masters of Wine of Pancho's return. Perhaps curiously, for the moment, Campo also does not appear to listed as as a current MW neither alphabetically nor by region

 
Update: 
Clarification – comment from Pancho Campo:

Well, that is totally inaccurate.
 
My bio is in the website of my company chrand.es and in my personal site panchocampo.com
 
It must be a mistake from whoever published those news. 
 
I shall inform the people who hired me.


 

      

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Sébastien David petition: an extraordinary success


This petition was launched on Monday.  In only some 48 hours the petition in support of Sébastien Davis, who has been ordered to destroy 2078 bottles of his 2016 Coef Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil because of an alleged excess of volatile acidity, has reached an extraordinary more than 52,000 signatures. It broke through the 50,000 barrier around 8.30 am BST this morning.  

Until late yesterday afternoon the numbers signing had been growing steadily to over 10,000. Suddenly the petition exploded – really took off – doubling, trebling over the course of yesterday evening. 

See earlier posts here and here. Also reporting by Isabelle Saporta.

Update 20.00 CET (8.5.19): 75,000 latest target crushed and now onto 76 698 signatures

Apparently Sébastien is ordered his 2016 Coef by Monday 13th May, which is why the court appearance at Orléans is so important. It is estimated that if Sébastien is forced to destroy his 2078 bottle of Coef it will cost him 50,000 euros. 





Monday, 6 May 2019

Please support Sébastien David (Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil) to save his wine from destruction



La préfète ordonne la destruction de son vin. Soutenons Sébastien David, vigneron bio!

Sébastien David, vigneron en Loire connu et reconnu, conduit sa vigne et ses vinifications en bio et en biodynamie pour produire des vins rouges qui se retrouvent tant sur la table des plus grands restaurants que chez les amateurs du monde entier. Des vins gourmands, vivants, des vins d’émotion, à mille lieux des vins industriels aux 100 intrants. Il n’est clairement pas dans la norme.

Please sign this petition here. Shortened English version below.

Acte 1
Coïncidence, il reçoit la visite d’un agent de la DGCCRF (Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes) qui lui prélève 3 bouteilles de sa cuvée « Coef » millésime 2016, qu’il vinifie naturellement et élève en amphores et qui donne, millésime après millésime, des vins magnifiques.

L’analyse des échantillons par le BIEV (Bureau d’Investigation des Enquêtes Vinicoles) y aurait décelé une teneur en acidité volatile au dessus de la norme alors même que la technicienne du même laboratoire trouvait cette teneur "satisfaisante" après examen organoleptique. Sébastien procède alors à deux contre-analyses dont les résultats vont tous deux à l’encontre des résultats du BIEV et sont même en dessous de la norme européenne.

Pour l’anecdote, l’instrument de mesure utilisé par le BIEV leur a été vendu par ce même laboratoire où Sébastien a procédé aux contre-expertises. Et les techniciens de ce laboratoire de lâcher que "ce n’était pas la première fois qu’un employé du BIEV n’utilisait pas correctement l’appareil" !

Malgré les résultats des deux contre-expertises, les inspecteurs bloquent le lot de 2,078 bouteilles (mise sous scellé avec interdiction d’y toucher) et portent l’affaire devant le tribunal de grande instance de Tours. Mais ce dernier juge la faute non recevable et ‘libère’ le lot. Fin de l’Acte 1, soulagement pour Sébastien.

Acte 2
Soulagement de très courte durée car le même jour que le jugement du tribunal de Tours (étonnant parfois cette rapidité de l’administration), Sébastien reçoit de la part de la préfète d’Indre et Loire, Corinne Orzechowski (pref-secretariat-prefet@indre-et-loire.gouv.fr), un arrêté lui demandant de faire détruire, dans le mois, son lot de 2,078 bouteilles. Ayant demandé une audience pour connaître les motifs de cet arrêté de destruction, la préfète botte en touche et renvoie aux services de la DGCCRF. Vous avez dit justice expéditive ?

Acte 3
Afin d’éviter la destruction de ces magnifiques bouteilles qui représenterait un préjudice financier énorme et mettrait son entreprise en péril, Sébastien n’a d’autre recours que la procédure en référé d’urgence dont l’audience aura lieu vendredi prochain, 10 mai à 11 heures au tribunal administratif d’Orléans. La séance est publique, tout le monde est donc plus que bienvenu pour le soutenir. En espérant que ce soit enfin un vrai procès où il sera entendu et pourra se défendre.

Action
Pour que l’erreur administrative ne devienne pas une erreur judiciaire, Sébastien a besoin de vous et de votre soutien. Car la seule fraude que l’administration pourrait lui reprocher c’est de vouloir faire du vin vivant et libre avec comme seul et unique ingrédient : le raisin.

Votre signature aidera Sébastien, nous l’espérons, à sauver ses 2,078 bouteilles de Coef 2016.
Mais au delà, c’est aussi soutenir une viticulture artisanale, respectueuse de l’environnement, vivante et qui s’exprime le plus librement possible sans entrave administrative superflue.

Merci de signer et de partager un maximum - #sauvonscoef16
PS : C’est en discutant avec des amis aussi scandalisés que moi par cette injustice et bien-sûr avec l’accord de Sébastien David, que j’ai pris l’initiative de lancer cette pétition. Le billet originel de Sébastien se trouve ici

Shortened version in English:
The French administration wants to destroy a batch of 2000 bottles of wines. Let's support Sébastien David, organic winegrower
Sébastien David, renowned biodynamic winegrower in the Loire valley, produces great red wines without any additives and other winemaking inputs. He is clearly not up to industrial wines standard.
Coincidentally, the French administration came to pick up samples of his “Coef 2016” cuvee and detected a volatile acidity level above allowed threshold, even though the technician from the same laboratory found this level "satisfactory" after organoleptic examination. Sébastien then proceeded with two counter-analysis, both contradicting the results of the French administration.

Despite the results of the two counter-analysis, the administration sealed his batch of 2,078 bottles and the prefect of Indre and Loire, Corinne Orzechowski (pref-secretariat-prefet @ indre-et-loire.gouv.fr) asked via a decree, to destroy his batch of 2,078 bottles within a month. You said expeditious justice?

In order to avoid these magnificent bottles being destroyed, which would represent a huge financial loss and would put his business at risk, Sébastien had no other recourse than an urgency procedure and the open hearing will take place next Friday, May 10 at 11 am at the Administrative Court of Orléans. Everyone is more than welcome to support him. Hoping that this time he will be heard and will be able to defend himself.

For this administrative error not to end up in a judicial error, Sébastien needs you and your support. Because the only fraud that the administration could blame Sébastien with is that he wants to make wine with a single and unique ingredient: the grape.

Your signature will help Sebastien to save his 2,078 bottles of “Coef 2016”.
But beyond that, it demonstrates your support of a ‘craft viticulture’, respectful of the environment, and which expresses itself as freely as possible without superfluous administrative hindrance.
Thank you for signing and sharing a maximum