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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, 21 June 2012

2010 Puch – red from the Roussillon inspired by the Loire

2010 Puch, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

Puch is a pure Carignan, picked by hand, and made by Michel Smith, Emmanuel Cazes and other friends from vines planted in Tresserre within sight of the Canigou Massif. This is a light, juicy red with bright red fruits designed to share with friends – not to analyse but to drink. Only 12.5% alcohol with good freshness in the finish it does more than nod towards the Loire's cuvées printemps. Michel and his friends like to serve this between 12˚C and 14˚C. In cooler climes I might serve it very slightly warmer but cool or chilled nonetheless depending upon the weather.  

Warning: moderate consumption is unlikely.

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