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

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

2014 Merci la Vie, Bourgueil, L'Oubliée, Xavier Courant

Xavier Courant names all his different cuvées of Bourgueil after French films. Merci la Vie is a 1991 film written and directed by Bertrand Blier.

Merci la Vie is Xavier's cuvée printemps, so is bottled early for easy spring and summer drinking.The 2014 is still youthfully purple and with plenty of attractive softly textured, spicy black fruits with gentle acidity in the finish. Enjoyable now but in another six months it will be even more delicious.   

Available in the UK from H2Vin for £14.25 a bottle.  

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Last orders for #winelover “Winelover against cancer - #WLBCAF” t-shirt

The #winelovers group isn't just about enjoying wine, the group also raise money for essential causes in this instance Research into Breast Cancer.  

'This guest post was written by Luiz Alberto of for Social Vignerons.

“Patrick Farrell MD MW and I (and Andre RibeirinhoFabien LainéMagnus Reuterdahl… to mention just a few) have started to carry this heavy bunch of grapes. We named it “#winelover against cancer – #WLBCAF”. Now we need you to help us carry it, as it will become heavier and heavier…

#WLBCAF: #WineLover Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, is self-explanatory. We will exist to raise awareness among #winelover-s for breast cancer. Early detection is still the best solution, so we have to make sure that every #winelover woman knows that.'

Read the rest here

Your last chance to order one of the new #WLBCAF T-Shirts – either in pink or black – as orders have to be placed by tomorrow – 2nd September:  



Hopefully next time we will see some discreet shirt designs .....

Monday, 31 August 2015

2015 Thunder in the Glens – Harleys head home + Loire harvest snippets

After a weekend the thunder has stilled in the Glens as the Harleys and other assorted motorbikes have headed home now that the 2015 edition of Thunder in the Glens has finished. Peace has returned to the hills – the distinctive and attractive roar of a Harley or two has stilled. Here are a few pics of bikes headed home passing through Newtonmore.  

 God Protect Those Who Ride in the Wind 

Loire harvest snippets  
Picking Chardonnay for sparkling wines in the Saumur region is due to start on Wednesday, while the estimate for the start of the Vacherons picking in Sancerre likley to be around the 15th September. Château de Villeneuve (Saumur) may well also start picking Chenin around the 15th as well. 

Sunday, 30 August 2015

2011 Mi-Pente, Bourgueil, Domaine de la Butte, Jacky Blot

Mi-Pente is the top cuvée from Domaine de la Butte in Bourgueil. As the name suggests the wine comes from vines planted on the middle of La Butte's slope. It is here that the vines enjoy the best exposure – facing due south and on the warmest part of the sloping vineyard. 

The 2011 is still youthful with a soft concentration of black fruits and structure,  a long finish with gentle Loire acidity. It can be drunk now but it is clear that it will be considerably more complex with another four or five years in bottle. 

The 2011 Mi-Pente is available through Justerini & Brooks.