Category Archives: Beaujolais

Beaujolais Nouveau (ssshhhhhh)

We went to a bar in Dijon tonight and were offered a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau, 2 days before the official launch. The barman had seen us coming and charged us a silly price, but we got to try it before … Continue reading

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Ridgeview purloins prestigous plaudits

I forgot to mention in my review of my recent trip to Beaujolais with Plumpton College that all of us tourists had been asked to take a bottle with us to show in a tasting given to our hosts. I … Continue reading

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Chateau de la Chaize

Rather than take us into Lyon for a guided tour as planned, our most excellent host Dominique (he really was superb, especially the education he gave us on the more colourful side of the French language) decided to take us … Continue reading

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Henry Fessy

Now the oddest thing is the coincidence of it all. Not 3 weeks ago I won a bottle of Henry Fessy Fleurie in a college auction. Today I’m visiting the producer and having the best tasting of the trip. What … Continue reading

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Rounders, dracula and kebabs

As a break the group engaged in a game of pre-dinner rounders at college (6 people is really not enough but we did our best). I’m sure the miniscule group of French onlookers was less than impressed. Suffice to say … Continue reading

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Cremant production at Loron

Yet another excursion to a producer (this trip is a real treat): to the largest local producer of Cremant de Beaujolais, a negociant called Loron who produces most of the cremant for Burgundy. Production is by Traditional Method. After going through a … Continue reading

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Tonnellerie (that’s a cooper’s workplace to me and you (and a barrel maker to him))

After lunch back at the college we headed to Dargault & Jaegle, the large local barrel maker. This trip made a welcome change from yet another tasting, despite our growing love for the local wine. Katerina lectured us on how … Continue reading

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