Category: Loire

Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé Vendanges 2015

October 8th 2015


I have just returned from a wonderful two weeks in Sancerre where growers were bringing in a very promising 2015 vintage in glorious sunshine. The Sauvignon Blanc was perfectly ripe, and we expect some rich, tropical flavours with balanced alcohol and fresh acidity. The Pinot Noir faired well too, and the threat of pests like the Suzukii fly and diseases like Esca, which caused such concern last year, seem to be well under control. All in all there are some very happy vigneron in the valley. I also tasted across a wide range of 2014s, which are beginning to fulfil…

Moulin Touchais tasting with Richard Kelley MW

June 25th 2015


Yesterday Richard Kelley came to present quite an astonishing line up of Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon back vintages. The estate is now under the stewardship of the 8th generation of the Touchais family, with cellars dug into the ancient soils of the Coteaux du Layon appellation in the Loire. Richard explained how the cellars beneath the modest bourgeois-fronted house contain a staggering labyrinth of two million bottles which together make up the rarest of collections, with vintages stretching back not just decades, but many generations; the oldest dating back to the mid-19th century.

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