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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

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Photos from a day at Ampelidae – Haut-Poitou plus .....

On Thursday I spent the day at Ampelidae in the Haut-Poitou. Here are some photos from this trip – the text will follow tomorrow. 

Frédéric Brochet – founder of Ampelidae and its driving force
Frédéric with his barrel, concrete egg and small stainless steel vat
– he prefers the stainless steel
Château des Roches winery 

Frédéric keeping his finger on the 2016 vintage ....

The tasting area at the Manoir de Lavauguyot, Marigny-Brizay
(above and below)

 Some of the range of wines

 Pierre, who used to be the sommelier at 
Jean Bardet in Tours, looks after the tasting area

Aynard Clermont-Tonnerre
export manager for Ampelidae 
(above and below)

Part of the Château des Roches winery 

 Stainless steel vat

The interior of the vat
 Blending into the background

Ampelidae's premises at Neuville de Poitou
previously part of the Cave-Coop

 Martial Lecomte, winemaker at Neuville de Poitou

 September 2013 – then disused vinification 
premises of the Cave du Haut-Poitou

 October 2016 – as they are now – demolished to 
make way for a larger Lidl supermarket and other shops

 The current Lidl shop just opposite the Cave Coop site

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