The most varied of the wine regions we have visited this year, and certainly the biggest ...... a long snaking area from the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of France almost to Bourgogne and ending around Sancerre. This is the Loire Valley, home to Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne … Continue reading The Two Doctors Wine Awards 2018: #3 Loire
The French wine appellation of Saumur-Champigny has been missing off my radar for at least 30 years, and I know this because it was 1987 when my last wine log record shows I drank a bottle! At that time I was mostly buying and drinking “well aged clarets” (red Bordeaux wines) so the lighter style … Continue reading Wine tasting with troglodytes ….. no pressure!
French Chateau, love ‘em on the outside, hate ‘em on the inside! Soulless, bereft of character, mostly empty or with a few artefacts as an afterthought! Here’s a simple comparison before I move on, Dover Castle, Kent, England. No words necessary, just see how they have painstakingly restored the splendid grandeur of some of the … Continue reading Chateau Saumur … a love-hate experience!
Saumur may not be on every wine tasters radar, but there are wines in this area to knock your socks off including the many Cremant fizz, long lasting Chenin Blanc, as well as Cabernet Franc that gives many a Bordeaux its "something extra". Then there is Saumur-Champigny a lighter version of Cabernet Franc. Let’s not … Continue reading Saumur, undervalued wines to knock your socks off!
Champagne and Prosecco might be the dominant markets for fizzy wine globally at present, but a moments thought should lead you to discover another sparkling wine type ..... Cremant. This is the generic name for wines made in France that are not permitted to use the name Champagne, simply because they are not from that … Continue reading Cremant, Next big thing in Sparkling Wine?