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

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Cabernet Franc 2009 Ambassadors tasting (part 2)

Ambassadors selected for 2009

"Sam – you did save the file before it crashed?" – Pierre Pichot and Emmanuelle Galdin

Anxious moments while the vital computer file is retrieved

Out of 86 samples (29 were 2007s, 57 were 2008s) we selected 24 Ambassadors – 6 from the 2007 vintage and 18 from the 2008 vintage. 28% success rate. Jim's Loire will be able to release the names of the 2009 Ambassadors early next week after the producers have been notified.

One of the producers, who won't be a 2008 ambassadors, is the normally very good Cooperative of Saint-Cyr, who submitted two samples of 2008 Saumur-Champigny, which appeared to be 50% wine and 50% water. We weren't sure whether they were trying to test the tasting panel or whether they were taking the French government stand on moderation to extremes.

Emmanuelle Galdin, Sopexa UK

Although probably better than last year, sample preparation was a problem with some promising wines eliminated because the samples were faulty – reduction being a particular problem.

Le Bougnat: good Auvergne bistrot where we had a good lunch yesterday

Sam Harrop MW outside Le Bougnat

Yesterday we had a very pleasant late lunch at Le Bougnat, an Auvergnat bistrot with specialities from that region including pounti and a range of wines by the glass including Boudes, Côtes d'Auvergne.

Restaurant Le Bougnat
15 Rue Torricelli, 75017 Paris 17ème
Tel: 01 45 74 33 34

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