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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

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

2011 Loire Vintage: Chinon; Domaine de la Noblaie

 Cabernet Franc arriving at Domaine de Noblaie (27th September) 

The fine, hot weather of the last week or so with the wind now from the east has made a big difference to the vintage. Yesterday in Chinon and Saumur it was like mid-summer with the temperature over 30C. Jérome Billard: "The last ten days has transformed the vintage from average to exceptional! We just started this morning picking the Cabernet Franc for our sparkling wine." 
Golden Chenin Blanc at Noblaie 

Cabernet Franc at Noblaie waiting to be picked and destined for red Chinon

Jérome on tractor


Anonymous said...

Just opened the `07 Marches and great drinking right now.

Bob AB

Jim's Loire said...

Santé Bob!