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Seaside town of Grau du Roi • 25 September 2022

A day – first visit, pre COVID, in 2019 – in the seaside town of Grau du Roi, 35 km south-west of Montpellier. Had lunch at Le Vivier, best seafood restaurant in the area. Domaine Gaujal’s Excellence de Ludovic is one of the world’s greatest Picpoul, aka Gros Plant and …

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Cognac Frapin Harvest • 23 September 2022

Un grand merci Patrice and Kalina for taking me out to see the harvest on a glorious day in FRAPIN’s 240-hectare vineyard in Cognac’s most treasured winegrowing region, la Grande Champagne. And to taste vins clairs from both Folignan and Ugni Blanc. What an absolute treat and revelation 🙀🤩🚀 (Original …

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Cognac Frapin • 22 September 2022

Patrice Piveteau is one of the most respected and complete grand masters of cognac.  About half his lifetime ago in 1991, he joined bejewelled Cognac Frapin as Vineyard Manager. Was later promoted to Master Blender and finally Cellarmaster, the person who holds the key to “Paradis”.  You transform from a …

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Cognacs Braastad and Tiffon • 22 September 2022

A great afternoon with Edouard Braastad, Sales Director of his family owned Cognacs Braastad and Tiffon, the former from his Norwegian family side, and the latter originally from his French grandmother clan. His family acquired Chateau de Triac (not far from Jarnac) more than 70 years ago. Alexis Gonzalez joined …

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