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, 21 October 2012

Images of 2012

Maybe not one of the best Loire vintages but we managed to enjoy some wonderful days in the Loire, looking at the vines, watching the vendangeurs, seeing the grapes arrive at the press and tasting the emerging juice. 

Some favourite images:


Apple picker in the vines at Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin (CRM)

 Muscadet – small harvest, good quality (CRM)

Pierre Luneau looking slightly anxious (CRM)

Monique Luneau still smiling despite the threatening rain (CRM)


Pineau d'Aunis at Clos Roche Blanche – almost ready to pick (CRM)

Grapes being emptied into a hod at Clos Roche Blanche (CRM)

Beautifully painted post box at Clos Roche Blanche (CRM)
(painted by Claire Marsauche, daughter of Catherine Roussel)


Steep slopes of Le Cul de Beaujeu above Chavignol (CRM)

Steps in Le Cul de Beaujeu (CRM)

Les Monts Damnés, Chavignol (CRM)

Sunlight on vines and wires (CRM)

Vineyards near Bué (CRM)

Lines of view – vines and vapour trails near Bué (CRM)

Clos de la Poussie showing signs of better management (CRM)

Above Clos de la Poussie – hang glider and model aeroplane enthusiasts compete for air space (CRM)

'This blogger' in the vineyards – now you see him ... (CRM)

... now you don't! (CRM)

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