Jean Thévenet – Master, Magician and Maverick

The Mâconnais is perhaps the birthplace of the Chardonnay grape. These low rolling hills are underpinned with Jurassic Limestone and support a wide range of mixed agriculture as well as vines. You’ll see woods, cherry orchards and soft fruit, market gardens, goats and the ubiquitous white Charolais cattle chewing quietly in river meadows. The vineyards… Continue reading Jean Thévenet – Master, Magician and Maverick

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Blanquette de Limoux, Brut, Méthod Traditionnelle

Limoux is a small French appellation in the eastern Pyrenees of France, buried deep in the Languedoc and surrounding the town of the same name. Given the southern location and summer heat it is unusual to find that Limoux is dominated by white grapes – the local Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc are grown extensively.… Continue reading Blanquette de Limoux, Brut, Méthod Traditionnelle

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Mongrana, Querciabella, Toscana, Italy 2006

Querciabella is a small Italian property based at Greve in the heart of Chianti. Their considerable reputation rests upon a range of superb hand-crafted biodynamic wines (see my Querciabella review). These include the Super-Tuscan Bátar, Palafreno and Camartina plus a delicious Chianti Classico DOCG. Owner Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni has expanded by planting a new vineyard… Continue reading Mongrana, Querciabella, Toscana, Italy 2006

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Discovering Organic Wines

Many years ago I stood in the middle of an organic vineyard for the very first time (Aubert de Villaine’s at Bouzeron in the Cote Chalonnaise, since you ask ). I could tell the difference from the conventional vineyard next door with ease. There were flowers between the vine rows; there were bees, butterflies and… Continue reading Discovering Organic Wines

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