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June 17, 2015: My latest article in The World of Fine Wine. AZAY-LE-RIDEAU REVOLUTION Jacqueline Friedrich charts the exciting recent changes in this historic but isolated Touraine village, identifying the dynamic new producers whose scintillating Chenin Blancs and sparkling wines deserve far greater recognition including, she suggests, an appellation of their own Link to latest article, a terrific food and wine pairing session in Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Working on a bunch of articles right now: a quirky think piece for The World of Fine Wine, a short piece on Cot (aka Malbec) in Touraine and a longer piece on Tavel. I've also been spending an enormous amount of time reorganizing the wines and papers in my country house.
I've got two coming out that you'll want to read (I hope).January 23, 2016 Last Monday -- January 18, 2016 -- I attended a thought provoking wine tasting in Paris.Some lovely wines from Pierre Gaillard, various wines I'll be writing about in length in future articles and an important update on DOMAINE MICHEL REDDE.Its attack was like glacial waters rushing over rocks, a riverbed of quinine and stone.Achingly elegant, it was regal and tinged with flavors of lime and tisane.Please be advised that I no longer recommend the wines from this producer.
These people are arrogant and have no respect for the law or common decency.
I'll be writing more about this in the next couple of days.
Please go to French Feast for link to Azay-le-Rideau article.
Eric Nicolas is an artist-vigneron in the most profound sense. Nicolas, a native of Dieppe, started his adult life working for Total France as an electrical engineer before succumbing to the desire to make wine.
Land in the Coteaux du Loir was within his means and so he and his wife Christine bought a run-down farm in the area in 1995.
Next comes Les Rosiers, a selection of young vines from various parcels young here meaning under 50 years old fermented and aged in barriques on a four year rotation.