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

Friday, 19 September 2014

Loire ride for young cancer sufferers: Day 3 – Renaison-Nevers

Charles Eric Pasquiers: on this year's Bordeaux-Paris

Now in Nevers after riding 164 kilometres from Renaison in the Côte Roannaise to here. Riding time was 7.17 minutes, climbing 302 metres (as anticiptated significantly less than the first two days) with an average speed of 22.5 km/h. As Pouilly-sur-Loire is the halfway point in the Loire's descent from the mountains of the Ardèche, I'm now close to 50% of the ride completed

Although much of the ride was pretty flat, I was pleased to complete over a 100 miles as it is a long time since I have ridden this distance in a day.

Yesterday I managed to largely miss the rain, but today I got completely soaked through in the second hour of riding with torrential rain turning the road into a stream. 

Tomorrow will be a bit of a rest day with just 60km from Nevers to Chavignol and a chance to see what is happening with the harvest there.

I'm delighted that Charles Eric Pasquiers, the commercial director of Domaine FL, will be joining the ride on Tuesday. I greatly appreciate him giving up time on the eve of the 2014 harvest.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A tough day 2 for Monsieur Loire

Jim still smiling - just after crossing the Loire for the final time today

A tough day for Monsieur Loire - 152 kilometres and an elevation rise of 2115m. And he is supposed to be going downstream! The area around Les Gorges de La Loire is pretty lumpy, whether you follow the left or the right bank. Tomorrow morning he sets off for Nevers. Although long, this stage should be a bit easier.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

2014 Cabernet Franc@Bourgueil – 14.9


Photos of 2014 Cabernet Franc grapes taken on Sunday 14th September in Bourgueil. The first were taken from vines planted on gravel. Then I took some from the clay limestone coteau. For the moment the grapes look promising and coming along nicely with no sign of rot. Picking is unlikely to start much before the 25th September, although on the gravels of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil they may well start a little earlier. Apparently the skins are thin this year, so there could be problems if the weather changes to being wet, hot and humid.      




Grapes from vines planted on clay-limestone:

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  Cabernet Franc leaf taking on autumnal colours