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 investdrinks.org

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




Thursday, 23 October 2014

2nd Salon des Vignerons et du Terroir, Saint-Jean-le-Blanc






This weekend (Friday 24th - Sunday 26th October at Saint-Jean-le-Blanc, suburb of Orléans the 2nd Salon des Vignerons et du Terroir 

Réservez dès maintenant votre week-end pour venir au 2ème salon des Vignerons et du terroir. 
Vendredi 24, samedi 25 et dimanche 26 octobre 2014. 

+ de 50 exposants vous proposeront de déguster leurs productions.
Entrée 4€ + 1 verre à dégustation gratuit

Horaires d’ouverture:
Vendredi 24 octobre de 17h à 22h,
Samedi 25 octobre de 10h à 19h
& Dimanche 26 octobre de 10h à 18h

Salle des fêtes de Montission Avenue Jacques Douffiagues
45650 St Jean Le Blanc (Orléans Sud)

Salon au profit des œuvres sociales du Lions Club Orléans Mondial. 

Vignerons from around France will be present. These are the ones from the Loire:


Domaine DAVID (44330)







La CHAGNAT (18120)






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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

16ème Salon des Vins Loire Vignobles: 14th-16th November 2014


 
Côte Roannaise

16ème Salon des Vins: 14,15 et 16 Novembre 2014 à l’hippodrome de St Galmier


A propos de la viticulture dans la Loire 
Le département de la Loire comporte 180 viticulteurs répartis sur tout le département autour de 5 AOP : Côte Roannaise, Côtes du Forez, Condrieu, Saint Joseph et Château Grillet et de 2 IGP : Vins de Pays d’Urfé et Vins de Collines Rhodaniennes.

Ce sont 1 000 ha de vignes qui produisent plus de 3 millions de bouteilles par an.

36 vignerons du département proposent aux professionnels et aux particuliers plus de 200 cuvées, les :

Vendredi 14 novembre de 15h00 à 20h00 avec à 18h30, la remise des prix du concours professionnel,

Samedi 15 novembre de 10h00 à 19h00

Dimanche 16 novembre de 10h00 à 18h00 

Durant le week-end, des cours de dégustation sont proposés aux visiteurs ainsi qu’un concours à la découverte de nos cépages.

Un Vinodrive permet à chacun de profiter du salon puis de récupérer ses commandes directement sur le parking. 

A propos de la Cité du design

La Cité du design et l’École supérieure d’art et design sont réunies depuis 2010 sur un même site : l’ancienne manufacture d’Armes de St-Étienne. Ce lieu est une plate-forme d’enseignement, de recherche, de développement économique et de valorisation autour du design et de l’art. Au coeur de cette cité, sont développés des recherches en design, du développement de l’innovation, une sensibilisation pour tous publics et des productions d’événements à forte notoriété tels que la Biennale Internationale Design St-Étienne ou les expositions annuelles à St-Étienne et à l’international.


Exposition design map : Cartographie de la vitalité du design en région Rhône-Alpes. 33 projets sont présentés pour démontrer les résultats tangibles apportés par le design aux entreprises. 4 angles de travail : image/innovation/rentabilité /marché.



Seront présents
Vignoble du Forez

Domaine du Poyet - ARNAUD Jean-François - Le Bourg- 42130 MARCILLY LE CHATEL

Le Clos de Chozieux - GAUMON Jean-Luc et Yves – Chozieux - 42130 LEIGNEUX

GUILLOT Stéphanie - La Loge des Pères - 785 RD 1089 - 42130 STE AGATHE LA BOUTERESSE

Cave VERDIER LOGEL - LOGEL Odile et Jacky - La Côte - 42130 MARCILLY LE CHATEL

Vin et Pic - DEMEURE Christine et Laurent, ROLLE Pierre - 20 Rue de Bellevue-42560-BOISSET ST-PRIEST

Les Vins de la Madone - BONNEFOY Gilles – Jobert - 42600 CHAMPDIEU

GAEC de Fontvial - REAL Stéphane - 534 Chemin des pics Fontvial - 42560 BOISSET ST PRIEST

Les Vignerons Foreziens - 72 route de Montbrison - 42130 TRELINS



Vignoble Roannaise 
BAILLON Alain – Montplaisir - 42820 AMBIERLE

Domaine de la Paroisse - CHAUCESSE Jean-Claude - La Paroisse --42370 RENAISON

Maison JB CLAIR - D'ANTONIO Guido - Le Chambon -42370 RENAISON

Domaine DESORMIERE - DESORMIERE Michel et fils - Le Perron  - 42370 RENAISON

GIRAUDON Vincent - 15, rue Robert BARATHON - 42370 RENAISON

Domaine du Fontenay - HAWKINS Simon - Fontenay - 42155 VILLEMONTAIS

LASSEIGNE François - 221 rue Louis Joubert - 42640 ST ROMAIN LA MOTTE

Domaine de la Rochette - NERON Antoine - La Rochette - 42155 VILLEMONTAIS

Domaine des Pothiers - PAIRE Georges Romain et Denise - Les Pothiers - 42155 VILLEMONTAIS

PLASSE Jacques - 788 route de St Alban - 42370 ST ANDRE D' APCHON

EARL le Retour Aux Sources - PLUCHOT Edgar et Marc-Antoine - Les Echaux -  42370 ST ALBAN LES EAUX

EARL Domaine Robert SEROL - SEROL Stéphane et Carine - Les Estinaudes - 42370 RENAISON

GAEC VIAL - VIAL Jean-Marie et Philippe - 300 Route de Bel Air - 42370 ST ANDRE D' APCHON

WILLENBUCHER Vincent - Les Belins - 42820 AMBIERLE

Plus de détails ici

Vines in the Côtes de Forez




Tuesday, 21 October 2014

1947 Musigny Vieilles Vignes – 'serious reservations'


Message received this morning from Corney & Barrow expressing serious doubts about some 1947 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

'Good morning,

As the UK agents for Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé we would like to make you aware of the following:

A quantity of 1947 Musigny Vieilles Vignes appears to be being offered to the trade. It is suggested that it comes from a private European cellar and to have been released from the Domaine in the 1980’s.

The Domaine and Corney & Barrow are aware of this and have serious reservations as to the authenticity of these bottles/cases. Should you be offered this wine we would be most interested to hear from you.

Yours sincerely

Will

Will Hargrove
Associate director and head of fine wine
DL: (44) 020-7265 2418
M: (44) (0) 7879 818693
E: will.hargrove@corneyandbarrow.com
corneyandbarrow.com

Monday, 20 October 2014

Auberge du Cheval Rouge in Chisseaux

2009 Vouvray Pétillant, Catherine Dhoye-Deruet

With the sad closure of the Agnès Sorel in Genillé we need to find another restaurant reasonably close to us where the food is good plus offering good value. Le Bon Laboureur in Chenonceaux is excellent but the prices make it one for a special occasion. Equally at the other end of the price scale La Cantine, 22 rue Alfred Nobel in Bléré offers a very good value, simple workers' lunch but we need somewhere in between. 

Hearing that the Auberge du Cheval Rouge in Chisseaux had changed hands last year, four of us headed there on Friday night to see how it was doing. The new onwers are Jacques and Jenny Guillaumat. Jacques is in charge of the kitchen, while Jenny is front of house.

CRM and I hadn't been there for a numbers of years and the dining room has been brightened up. There is also another room upstairs and an attractive garden for warm days. Menus start at 29€ offering three courses with a choice of two dishes per course. We went for the slightly more expensive 35€ (3 courses) that gave us more choice. There is another menu that starts at 45€ for four courses. 

The wine list is compact with a good choice of local producers including Jean-François Merieau, Bruno Curassier, La Grange Tiphaine, Jacky Blot and François Chidaine. For an apéro we chose fine 2009 Vouvray Pétillant from  Catherine Dhoye-Deruet. It was just as well that I checked the label carefully as the waiter had brought her Méthode Traditionelle (fully sparkling rather than pétillant).

For our first course three of us chose the demi-caille rôtie, purée de céleri glacé à la coriandre maki de jambon de canard et jeunes pousses de mâche à l’huile de noix and one the langoustines poché dans un consommé de crabe vert, minestrone de légumes au tourteau. My quail was extremely good with some Oriental touches. 

We chose a half bottle of Yves and Pierre Martin's 2012 Chavignol, Sancerre, which confirmed Pierre's winemaking talent but not cheap at 24€ for a half.

Again for the main course we split three to one: civet de lotte, risotto aux jeunes légumes sauce crustacée légèrement safranée got three votes, while the final vote went to the filet mignon de roi rose (cochon de Touraine), purée de panais, pomme de terre en robe des champs et ses girolles

After the success of my first course I was bit disappointed with my lotte – not a very generous portion of fish with some of the pieces a little over-cooked. Nor was a really convinced that the risotto gained anything by being smeared across the bottom of the plate. CRM went for the pork and was very happy with its quality and the cooking, although she would have preferred a a few more dabs of sauce finding the dish a little dry. 

We drank Bernard Baudry's very good and slightly herbal 2011 Le Guillot, Chinon. Equally we could have gone for the Saumur-Champigny from Philippe Vatan (Château de Hureau) – the Tuffe cuvée if I remember rightly. 

To finish CRM and I went for notre traditionnel soufflé au grand marnier, glace à la vanille bourbon. Although it looked spectacular, the souffle was OK but not at the level of the first course.

Overall this is restaurant we will go back to but not as good as the sadly departed Agnès Sorel. In addition to the good food and value there Estelle Petit was a big plus. In contrast once Jenny Guillaumat had taken our order  I don't remember seeing her again. The last thing I want in a restaurant is to be fawned over but if the owner drops by during the meal, especially if they are not being rushed off their feet, it does indicate that they hope you are enjoying your meal. However, the meal was well paced but there were only three tables (nine covers) occupied. 

I would have been very happy had all the courses been up to the high standard of the first. However this and the compact wine list makes it worth returning.           

The half quail

 Langoustines



 The pork


2011 Le Clos Guillot, Chinon, Bernard Baudry

soufflé au grand marnier