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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, 20 January 2011

French Independent Wine Growers: more photos

Frédéric Plou of Closerie de Chanteloup (Touraine, Touraine-Amboise and Montlouis)

Good wines again from the Closerie de Chanteloup based just to the west of Amboise. I particularly liked the lightly honeyed and mineral 2008 Montlouis, the floral and quite soft 2009 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc and the gutsy 2009 Touraine-Amboise pure Côt (Malbec).

Jean-Michel Poiron and Maria Cascon: Domaine Poiron Dabin (Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine)

Domaine Poiron Dabin has 65 hectares of vines around Château-Thebaud. Their Muscadets spend 14 months sur lie, which Jean-Michel explains was the traditional way of making Muscadet until the law was changed in 1977 shortening the time the wines were required to be on their lees. I liked their weighty and lemony 2009 Vieilles Vignes as well as the complex and long flavoured 2004 Haute Resolution. 

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