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, 25 November 2014

Les Vins du Coin 10 years – 6th-7th December 2014

Also here.

A list of the 50 vignerons present – many of the usual suspects:

Bruno Allion, Alexandre Bain, Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme et Thierry Puzelat,
René Mosse, Tanguay Perrault, Mikaël Bouges, Bertrand Galbrun,
Joël Courtault, Fred Sigonneau, Moses Gadouche et Pascal Potaire,
Benoît Courault, Vincent et Émilie Marie, Renauld Guettier, Jérôme Saurigny,
Émile Hérédia, Sébastien Bobinet, Olivier Lemasson, La Grange aux Belles, Noëlla Morantin, Marie Thibault, Jean-Marie et Thierry Puzelat, Stéphane PZ, 
Jean-Pierre Robinot, Lise et Bertrand Jousset, Vincent Roussely, Paul Fouassier,
Jérôme Sauvète, Stéphane Odieux, Laura Semaria, Frédéric Niger van Herck,
Cyril Sevin, Philippe Delmée, Pascal Simonutti, Stéphanie Debout et Vincent Bertin, Philippe Tessier, Domaine des Roches Sèches, Brendan Tracey, Frantz Saumon, Hervé Villemade, Pierre Breton   

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Update on Caroline Henry's Terroir Champagne fund raising

Caroline Henry: the end is in sight!

Fundraising for Caroline Henry's proposed book on small grower, organic Champagne is, due to 150 generous contributors, just over €1500 off its target of €10,000. The total is currently €8455* (85%) with eight days left to get the remainder!   

Message from Caroline:

Dear all, 

Another short update before I leave Switzerland to go back to Champagne.

I cannot thank you enough for the continuing support - all your shares and positive comments are paying off as we are now at just about 83% with 7.5 days to go!!!

A few more articles on this campaign have appeared - Erica Landin's Swedish post translated in a few more Swedish book sales, and Koen Meuwis posted a call to action in a Belgian wine forum!

Yesterday's Salon du Champagne consumer tasting proved once again that the consumer cares about more natural Champagne - in fact they are very hungry to learn more about this specific type of Champagne. Quite a few people stayed a very long time at my table, asked many questions and came back with friends to show them the alternatives to the big brands. A few people also asked for the link to contribute. The first of these donations came in late yesterday afternoon and I more will come later today!! 

To me this proves this campaign is not about me, but about the consumer and the producer. The consumer is actively looking for a more environmentally friendly, natural and healthier Champagne but he needs a little guiding hand to find his way there. Ultimately this is why I am writing this book!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


* Now €8520 – under €1500 to go. 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Heracles' magic – turning Lafite into Bordeaux Supérieur

 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

It is one of the great contemporary feats of the magicians' art: transforming cases of en primeur Château Lafite into €5.50 Bordeaux Supérieur.

Brilliantly simple in conception – persuade people to buy good vintages of Lafite etc. and eventually after many intervening years of frustration waiting for delivery offer them a €5.50 Bordeaux Supérieur as an exchange – it requires the very highest skill in sleight of hand to succesfully carry it off. 

Warning: this is not a trick that should be attempted unless you have friends in the very highest echelons of French society.  

 Emeric Sauty de Chalon: the great magician!
Also known as 'Madoff' in parts of Bordeaux
PDG: Heracles (previously 1855)

 Cora: Foire aux Vins d'Automne 
Highlighted @€5.50 (on left) – 2012 Bordeaux Supérieux Château Eyraux