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

Friday, 25 September 2009

Pascal Potaire wins Le Prix de l'Élégance

24 September 2009

Immaculately dressed Pascal Potaire (Panana hat) in his vines

Jim's Loire is delighted to announce that Pascal Potaire is the runaway winner of the much coveted Le Prix de l'Élégance awarded to the most nattily attired vendangeur in the Cher Valley. Pascal is pictured here yesterday dressed in spotless cream T–shirt and white Panana hat picking in his vineyard at La Tesnière, Pouillé. He and his team were picking Gamay destined for his popular Pet Nat Rosé. The parcel had unfortunately been hit by hail and the crop further reduced by hungry deer and Pascal is carefully trimming a bunch of grapes.

Laurent Saillard: another competitor, opted for the ripped jeans look

Like Beatrice and Michel Augé (Les Maisons Brulées), a fellow producer of natural wines, Pascal uses a horse to collect the small boxes they use for picking. Small boxes are used so as to keep the grapes as intact as possible. At the end of the picking session the loaded grapes will be taken to be pressed at the winery of Mikael Bouges, Pascal's neighbour in Faverolles-sur-Cher.

The full boxes are loaded onto a simple sledge

Loading onto a larger trailer

Madame opted for a straw hat

See report of Mikael Bouges and Pascal Potaire here.

More photos and reports to come – off to Reuilly and Quincy today.


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Jim's Loire said...

Many thanks George. Yes a helpful explanation.