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

Sunday, 3 June 2012

#Vitiloire 2012: Benoît Mérias – a new discovery in Montlouis

Benoît Mérias with his 2011 La Vallée 

Benoît Mérias 

At Vitiloire yesterday I discovered a new name for me in Montlouis: Benoît Mérias. Benoît took over Laurent Chatenay's six hectares of vines at the end of last year. Benoît and Laurent worked on the 2011 vintage together and there were three 2011 Mérias wines on show. Les Quarts, Les Maisonnettes from older vines and the demi-sec La Vallée. I particularly liked La Vallée with its lovely balance of fruit and racy acidity.

Benoît trained at Amboise and worked for some two years with Jacky Blot and has also worked in Marcillac. 

Benoît Mérias is a name to follow and yet more proof of the dynamism of the Montlouis appellation. 

Benoît and Julie Mérias
41 Route de Montlouis
37270 Saint-Martin-le-Beau


Charles Sydney said...

Hi Jim

Nice seeing you Saturday! Only hope you didn't get rained on too much in Saumur - and that you enjoyed Anne-Charlotte's Chinon in the evening...

Jim's Loire said...

Yes good to see you Saturday, although I don't think I will be rushing back to Le Duplex!. Saumur was OK yesterday with just a little bit of mizzle early on and did enjoy Anne-Charlotte's Chinon. Jim

Charles Sydney said...

The Duplex is definitely not on my list of must-do places.... Lean young sauvignon and foie gras? Weird!

Jim's Loire said...

Agree – Le Duplex – a triumph of style over taste and substance...