Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday, 23 February 2018

The retiring Jo Pithon to sell his famous Coteau des Treilles

Views of Les Treilles from the
south side of the Layon 

According to a report in La Revue du Vin de France Jo and Isabelle Pithon have put their business Pithon-Paillé up for sale as they are now retiring. This includes the famous Les Treilles (7ha) the steep south facing slopes overlooking the Layon that the Pithon rescued after it had been abandoned in the 1960s. Naturally the revived Coteau is planted with Chenin Blanc.

 'Le domaine Pithon-Paillé, joyau du Layon, est à vendre. À l’heure de prendre sa retraite, Jo Pithon présente sereinement ce qu’il appelle "l’œuvre de sa vie" : le coteau des Treilles.

"Un mec qui calcule, il ne fait pas ça." Racheter 7 hectares de coteaux en friches depuis 40 ans. Prendre cinq ans pour venir à bout des ronces et replanter 3 hectares de chenin. "On a pris un peu de risques", résume Jo Pithon, de sa voix rocailleuse.

"Quand je travaillais sur les Bonnes Blanches, je voyais ces coteaux qui me paraissaient fabuleux", se souvient le vigneron.

Read the rest of the article published by La Revue du Vin de France.  

Earlier posts on Jim's Loire about Les Treilles:

Some views from the Layon inc Les Treilles: early April 2007

Les Treilles Vertical 2013-2005: Pithon-Paille@Salon des Vins de Loire 2014

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Newtonmore – convalescence amid the mountains

View from Newtonmore's golf course 
looking towards snow capped Creag Dhubh

Sheep happy now they can munch the grass 
now the snow has finally gone 

There are compensations to convalescing in Newtonmore in the Cairngorm Mountains and today's magical weather is one of them. A day of almost continuous blue sky and some warmth in the sun even though the temperature probably never rose above 6˚C. Good to see the end of the snow and ice at low level, at least for a while, but still having the snow capped mountains. 

In comparison to London I'm much more aware of nature up here along with a real sense of the lengthening days – today light until nearly 6pm.. All the more welcoming since in mid-winter the hours of daylight are so limited – dark until nearly 9am with dusk around 3.30 pm.   

I am now around seven weeks into my recovery with about another five weeks before the brace comes off. Good progress with my left leg means that I can get out and enjoy walking along the quiet roads of Newtonmore. 

During today's walk I headed down to the Grill, at the southern end of the village, to have a look at Scotland's mobile cinema – The Screen Machine (twitter: @screen_machine). This large lorry opens out into a cinema with screen and seats.        

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

2016 Côté – Chardonnay & Sauvignon, Côtés de Gascogne, Tariquet

2016 Côte – Chardonnay & Sauvignon, IGT Côtés de Gascogne, 
Domaine du Tariquet, Famille Grassa

This is another white from The Wine Society's South-West France Whites case (£75 for a case of 12 bottles). 2016 Côté is an attractively clean blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Chardonnay giving softness and some weight, while the Sauvignon Blanc gives crisp citric notes. A good aperitif. Made by the Grassa family at the long established Domaine du Tariquet.