A demo in Châteauneuf


Yesterday, while ploughing through an extraordinary number of samples of 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape blind at the Maison des Vignerons, the hugely efficient generic heart of the appellation, I couldn't help hearing the chants of demonstrators nearby. I asked what it was all about and apparently this was far from the first manif(estation) at the négociant house of Ogier (owned by JeanJean) next door.

It was pure coincidence that it was held at the same time as France is supposedly in turmoil with fuel shortages, revolting students and violent manifs all over the country, I was told. They were demonstrating in solidarity...