I am at the airport and currently waiting to embark for returning home after few days past in Paris and Champagne with friends and winemakers .
The opportunity I have never missed, but for various reasons, were three years that not back in the city that I am most familiar outside Italy because, also thanks to dear friends that live there, I often frequented in the last twenty years.
This time I took the opportunity to make a jump to the “Salon des Vigneron Indépendant” , which seems to me to be leavened in size since the last time i was there years ago, but it is always an interesting event, even if a little chaotic, to find a nice photo of small French production and not only.
I understand that divide for production areas would create of gatherings in some places and arid expanses in others, but some indication in more to understand where to move (in addition to the book with the list of producers) Perhaps it would not hurt.
The first impression is that the sale price to the public of some areas of France (not necessarily only the most emblazoned), are leavened following the new areas of consumer interest.
Fortunately, I have also discovered and tasted the products of some small “appellation” very interesting as, for example, Cadillac and Loupiac, splendid examples of production “Botrytised” on the opposite side of the River Garonne, in front of Sauternes, with which they share the production grapes (Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc. Muscadelle).
So I have learned something new, drinking good wines at prices very accessible and then something I also bought (just so you can buy from the manufacturer and, if desired, you also sell the shopping cart to transport).
Time to look at our home at Piacenza was held at the end of November, the event organized by FIVI (Italian Federation of Independent Winemakers).
Was the seventh edition and has proved a great success bringing in two days of the market more than 15000 people.
The numbers speak clearly and give a precise idea of the public interest in these events.
The Parisian tour i has also allowed a digression on a day in Champagne, in Cotes de Blancs.
Forget the landscapes of the Langa or of Chianti, the Champagne is a land of emotion for insiders, but landscape is not even remotely comparable to the places that I have appointed first.
Often enters in countries that ti vien by ask if someone we want to live for really.
Nothing bucolic therefore, and apart from Reims and Epernay, nothing particularly lively by thinking of visiting, but we know that here we come to discover the work of that progenie of “great-grandchildren” of don Pierre Perignon.
Mesnil sur Oger, in the heart of Grand Cru, here are still small Vigneron that produce with logic and with a magnificent quality/price ratio of the splendid Blanc de Blancs drinkeable with great pleasantness and simplicity, without having to think too much about the scents of this or that or the other.
I think my next tour in Ville Lumière and surroundings, will not have to wait another three years…
How find something to listen that is not a great banality… too easy to choose Edith Piaf or Michel Petrucciani, then i bet on something recently, a little more carefree and tres Français : ZAZ – Je veux (ZAZ – 2010)
See you soon