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

Thursday, 1 September 2011

2011 vintage: the harvest that makes Le Pin look like Gallo or Blossom Hill!

Our 2011 harvest in its entirety

It is with great pride and pleasure that we present here our entire 2011 harvest from our vines@Epeigné-les-Bois. Picked with due ceremony on Tuesday 30th August – our earliest vintage on record. Such a bijou production (of eating grapes) makes the volume produced by Château le Pin appear industrial... 

Déjà mangé!


Chris Kissack said...

Congratulations Jim.

Some of the Bordeaux chateaux you have been 'featuring' recently have long-standing habits of drafting in Catalan villagers, or Dutch students, to pick the grapes. Do you also have an extensive team out in the vineyard?

Jim's Loire said...

Chris. Very perceptive. We have a large team of many nationalities which enables us to harvest very quick allowing us to wait for the optimum 15 seconds. No need to make compromises.

Luc Charlier said...

Where do you get your carbo-ice from ? I’m looking for a good provider.
And a technical question: do you resort to pre-deglutory chewing or do you swallow straight away?

The grapes, I mean ...

Jim's Loire said...

Luc. I'll get our technical director to get back to you.

Susan said...

Crikey! Next year you will be having to get a team of Wwoofers in to deal with the bounty!

Jim's Loire said...

Susan. How true! We are already starting the selection process to ensure that we will have the best pickers possible for the 2012 vintage. Selection for the Grand Vin will be ruthless!