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

Saturday 20 June 2020

Côtes de l'Auvergne – portraits from this week's trip

Le Puy de Dôme – the region's icon

L'Auvergne en Eruption

This week we spent a very interesting and useful three and a half days in the Auvergne visiting producers and getting a better handle on the area – the terroir, some of its producers and catching some of excitement of the renaissance of this now small wine region but which towards the end of the 19th Century was hugely important.

I will be publishing a number of posts over the next few days but here is a series of portraits of the people we met during our stay and who made us so welcome.

Wednesday afternoon:

Yvan Bernard, Montpeyroux


Léa Desprat, Desprat Saint-Verny

Pierre Desprat, Desprat Saint-Verny

Pierre Goigoux, Domaine de la Croix Arpin, Châteaugay

Etienne Rachez, business partner with
Pierre Goigoux

  Gilles Vidal, Saint-Georges-sur-Allier –
an associate with Desprat Saint-Verny
President of Syndicat AOC Côtes d’Auvergne

Pierre and Léa Desprat


Laure Cartier, Domaine Miolanne,

Annie Sauvat, Boudes

David Pelissier, Boudes

Saturday morning: 

Benoît Montel, Riom

1 comment:

Bob Rossi said...

I'm looking forward to your upcoming posts on that trip. If it wasn't for Covid-19, we would have spent a week in that area in April. I recognize some of the winery names from my pre-trip research. Hopefully we'll make it there next year.
My only experience with the wines of that area dates back 25 or so years, when we spent a week in the Cantal. I remember being very unimpressed with the wines, and we mostly stuck to wines we had brought with us from other parts of France. But I understand things have changed quite a bit.