May 6, 2011 en vacances
We have settled into the Loire Valley of France, staying at the delightful Domaine de la Bellevue, in the village of Pouançay, just south of Saumur. Our hosts, Sarah-Jane and Gérald Beaumont, have been wonderfully warm and welcoming. We are learning much about the wines of the Loire which should translate into some interesting postings in the days to come. In the meantime, here are some photos to set the scene!
This is our cosy residence at La Bellevue. The roses are spectacular at the moment.
A focus is wine of course – here the sparking Saumur Brut from Domaine de la Paleine.
And with escargots at L’Escargot restaurant in Saumur a bottle of very good chenin blanc – L’Insolite from Domaine des Roches Neuves.
There are some terrific wine shops waiting to be discovered. This is Les Compagnons Cavistes in the town of Cholet.
A wine recommended by the caviste Aux Saveurs de la Tonnelle in Saumur. Only a thousand bottles made and what a treat.
A production of two thousand bottles here, and equally remarkable.
Our hosts at La Bellevue surprise us with something special – wine from a domaine in Roussillon, from the exceptional vigneron Laurent de Bosombes, a friend of Gérald’s from his days of operating a wine bar in Paris. It is nothing less than Domaine Singla.
All this and the joys of the markets besides.