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Getting a grip on the 2016 vintage

Tomorrow starts a crazy few days of wine tasting here in the Loire valley.

10 Things to do in the Loire valley that you might not have thought of

Looking for a few ideas for things to do in the Loire valley?

Classic car day

We had a great day out with a group of sixteen classic car enthusiasts.

Loire Wine Salon 2016

The first real chance to get a handle on the current vintage is at the annual trade tastings which happen at the end of January beginning of February each year.

A wonderful Loire Wine Discovery day

Last week we had a wonderful Loire wine discovery day with 3 lovely people from Georgia. It was one of those days when everything just clicked into place and we all had a lovely, relaxed day. We shared our lives here in the Loire with them and we learnt about their lives too. We drank wine and shared lunch, visited a vineyard and tasted in a local winery.

Favourite producers in the Loire – Chateau Yvonne, Parnay, Saumur Champigny

Mathieu Vallée has 11 hectares in the Saumur region. 28 tiny parcels dotted around the Saumur Champigny villages keep him on his toes and it’s always difficult to pin him down for a tasting. He makes a small range of wines (3 reds and 2 whites) and we popped in to pick up some stock and catch up on his news.

Clos Cristal – Saumur-Champigny

I just had to post this video from Aurelia Filion who has a blog called ‘bu sur le web’ and regularly incorporates wines from the Loire valley in her tastings.

What was this syringe used for?

Do you know what this syringe was used for? I’ll give you a clue. It’s hanging on the wall of a well known Saumur Champigny producer and has a wine connection.
Any ideas?

Clos Moleton 2010, AOC Saumur Champigny, Domaine de St Just

Clos Moleton 2010 is a Cabernet Franc wine that comes from a clay/limestone parcel. 2 years in oak barrels (varying from new to 2 wine) have given it a lovely complexity and spicy quality. The 10’s have lovely fresh acidity which makes them very attractive young but it’s clear that this wine is just going to get better and better over time.