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

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

2009 stunning Muscadet Château-Thébaud from Family Lieubeau

2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Château-Thébaud
Château de l'Aulnaye, Famille Lieubeau

This is another excellent Muscadet from the Lieubeau family. The 2009 is intended as a precursor of the Château-Thebaud which should soon be one of several new crus communaux that await the swish of the French minister's pen.

Ths 2009 spends three years on its lees which gives this Muscadet unusual richness accentuated by 2009 being a hot and rich vintage. The 2009 has lovely opulence and is utterly delicious. Initially we had it as an apéro and then it went beautifully with grilled salmon steaks. Unfortunately the bottle disappeared all too quickly between the two of us!  

Tasted blind my guess is that few would pick this opulent and delicious wine as a Muscadet. These longer aged Muscadet's are adding a new expression to the wines of the Pays Nantais. Furthermore they are still a remarkable bargain.  

Monday, 16 January 2017

BT 6 – Nuisance calls 0? – BT launch BT Call Protect

Fraud protection
Today BT has launched BT Call Protect, which sounds like a really useful product as it should severely cut down on nuisance calls. By signing up to this service you can benefit from BT's Black List of nuisance call numbers. BT Call Protect is available to BT customers.

You can also set up your own personal list of blocked callers. To do this put phone down on nuisance caller. Pick the phone up again and dial 1572. You will be taken through the necessary steps to add this number to your own personal blacklist. If BT sees a particular number being frequently added to individual's personal blacklist it will be added to BT's blocked number list. 

If BT Call Protect works this should drastically cut back on the number of people who fall for investments etc. sold by boiler rooms through nuisance calls.    

For more more details click here

Sunday, 15 January 2017

St John's annual growers' lunch – wine & food

 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, 
Coteaux de l'Ébeaupin, Château-Thébaud

Here are various bottles enjoyed before and during yesterday's annual growers' lunch at St John's Restaurant.

 2014 Brézème Roussanne, Eric Texier

 2014 Réserve La Colombière, Fronton

 2012 Coste Rouge, La Colombière, Fronton

 2014 Chénas, La Carrière, Claire et Fabien Chasselay

 Cuvée Laïs, Côtes Catalanes, Olivier Pithon 

 2014 Bandol, Domaine Les Luquettes

 Vin de Pays du Mont Caume, Domaine les Luquettes

 Gewurztraminer, vieilles vignes, Alsace

 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur, 
Château Argadens, Maison Sichel

 VSOP Bas-Armagnac, Château de Lacquy, 
Comté Gilles de Boisséson


Red cabbage and beetroot

 Braised Rabbit, Trotter, Prunes and Mash