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




Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Margaux connects with Marylebone – Clarette in Blandford Street

 Clarette in Blandford Street
(above and below)


This evening a number of us from the Decanter World Wine Aawrds judging along with members of staff from Decanter and Neil Beckett of The World of Fine Wine were invited to the soft launch of Clarette at 44 Blandford Street, London W1U 7HS. 

This is a new wine bar project set up in a former pub by Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos, the youngest daughter of the owner of Château Margaux, and her business partner – Perromat du Marais. They are assisted by Thibaut Pontallier, son of the late Paul Pontallier, long time managing director of Château Margaux.    



 
 Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos

 Thibaut Pontallier 

Poh Tiong of The Wine Review (Singapore)
at the launch studying the wine list


More on this story here and here.    

Clarette
44 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 7HS 

Phone: 020-3019 7750 
Website: www.clarettelondon.com is under development.



Monday, 24 April 2017

Clos Rougeard – a brief update



The late Charly Foucault 
during the 2011 harvest 
checking the flow of Cabernet Franc


I understand that the domaine is now definitely up for sale with the required notice has been lodged with the Mairie de Chacé. It is understood that the price may be as high as 8 million euros, as there are several years of stock. The price means that the buyer will be someone Martin Bouygues, who has been frequently cited as the favourite to purchase Clos Rougeard. 

It remains to be seen whether any of the Foucaults have any involvement in the domaine once it is sold. It was the late Charly Foucault, who made the wine, rather than his brother Nady who is now retiring. In 2016 it was Antoine Foucault, Charley's son who made the 2016 vintage.

It could well make sense for any purchaser to retain a link with the Foucaults as it was their skills, knowledge and personalities that made their wines special and latterly in such high demand. After all, for instance, Les Poyeux covers 15 hectares and there are a number of good vignerons who have parcels of vines here and known of them have the renown of the Foucaults nor do their wines achieve anything like the same price. 

Nady Foucault at the 2010 harvest

Sunday, 23 April 2017

London Marathon – 23rd April 2017


Woolwich Common – the race approaches 

I spent part of today watching some of the London Marathon in particular with the idea of supporting a friend who was running. My plan was to watch the race early on and then head to Surrey Quays and Canada Water. The first part worked perfectly as I got to Woolwich Common just in  time to see the passage of the Elite Men. 

There was also plenty of space so that it was easy to applaud the runners and encourage individuals. However, such was the density of runners that I completely missed my friend.  


The pack of Elite Men 

 Not quite so fast but still speedy – above and below 



It was noticeable that even at the two mile mark there were some participants who were already getting very tired. Wonder how much training some of these stragglers had actually done.  

Further into the race: 

Surrey Quays – the crowds get thicker 

Jamaica Road – crowds four and five deep.
Impossible to watch while holding a bike 
so I headed home