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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, 18 June 2009

A few minutes to spare in Bué

Lane leading up into the vines

We arrived in Bué a good 20 minutes in advance of our 10 am appointment with Gilles Crochet (Lucien Crochet), so plenty of time to grab a quick coffee in the café in the square in the centre of Bué close to the church. We soon noticed that Gilles was busy loading a lorry parked in the middle of the square – time to take a few photos before starting to taste.

Side road in Bué

Gilles Crochet busy loading lorry

One lorry nearly loaded, while another waits up the road. Similarly we saw plenty of lorries in Chavignol – not too much sign of a crisis here, even though sales are down

Lucien Crochet's offices and cellar

Eau non potable – Bué's water may not be drinkable but its wine is!

Figurine clutching chicks with hen at her feet

Producer's sign

Once the lorry was loaded our tasting with Gilles confirmed my recent very favourable impression of his wines. To be covered in separate post along with details from the other visits we made to Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol and Albane and Bertrand Minchin (Menetou-Salon, Touraine and Valençay).

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