Articles tagged with the tag “France”

Villa Mon Rêve

Vincent Chansault the winemaker at Domaine Gayda told me he has been waiting 10 years to make this wine. But the dream in the name does not come from this delayed gratification, it is rather more poetic. The wine was named to honour the vignerons and villagers of La Livinière who have supported and helped them…

Chêne Bleu – a profile

It’s stunning, right? This was a labour of love that rose from rubble, rubble that was profoundly caked in bird and animal excrement. Painstakingly restored from that to the picture above took a decade and a priceless amount of patience.   I first met Nicole Sierra-Rolet on a flight back from Vinexpo, the international trade…

Cristal

Emperor’s New Clothes or fit for a SuperTsar? I was recently asked to host a vertical tasting of this most prestigious Champagne from the private cellar of a generous collector. I was thrilled to be doing it but curious as to whether the group would be as enthralled by the actual wine as the reputation…

August Adventures

What an August! So now I am royally determined to take the whole month off every year. How has it taken so long to understand how right our continental cousins are about this? No matter how inconvenient it might be to holidaymakers arriving to find restaurants, hotels and activity centres closed for the month at…