Si, c’est bon

https://vine.co/v/MgETrtFVQzi/embed Here’s another excellent rose, although it’s not the stereotypical crisp, minerally yet fruity summer wine. It has a little more body and flavor than most. Since the label says it “was aged on lees and under a fine veil of flor for one year in 100-year-old foudres”, I was expecting it to be wilder…

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Dinner at Cheverny

Dinner at Cheverny is a visitor attraction every day. Nearly 100 hunting dogs are fed together, under watchful eye. The Pascal Bellier 2009 Cheverny reminded me of that. A photo of the house in Cheverny. The owners now live in the attic (OK, maybe one would say “the top floor and a half”). If it…

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A happy mistake

This Pascal Bellier 2009 Cheverny was supposed to be a white. I’d picked it up at Silverlake Wine  and didn’t really look at it too hard until i was stowing it at home. Reds from Cheverny in the Loire valley are predominately Gamay. Not cab franc, which is prominent to the west. So, think cru beaujolais…

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Bordeaux

Just arrived in Bordeaux, having driven up from Carcassonne via Agen (no relation, I’m afraid). Enjoying my glass of Margaux while G’s Graves is a little tannic to her tastes. Pretty two-story merry-go-round in the square.

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Le Pic-Nic

By lunch today, we had left Auberge Veyret in Bardenat, seen the Saturday market in Sarlat-Le-Caneda (huge) to pick up some bread, cheese, sanglier (wild boar) sausage, some plastic cups and a cheap knife. We were lucky enough (great!) to be allowed to check in at the Hotel Pontet (just OK) in Beynac just off…

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Old France

We started the day in Chinon, having spent two nights there in the charming and creaky Hostellerie Gargantua, which I would highly recommend. Chinon is small at 8,700 inhabitants, doing laps of its medieval quarter our preferred pre-coffee ritual. If you’re really into visiting caves for wine tasting, I doubt you’d find a better base.…

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L’etape Gourmande

Drive just outside the town of Villandry, famous for its fantastic chateau & even more spectacular ornamental gardens and jardin potager is a farm and restaurant called L’Etape Gourmet. After reading a little, we opted toward here when we were staying in Chinon. However, many people lunch here when traveling from Amboise to Chinon or…

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Chenonceaux

we visited Chenenceau today. 14km bike ride (20 minutes if it in the rain) just to get there. Fantastique riding back to our current home base if Amboise.

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Bugey

As seems to be the case lately, whenever I try a wine that I like and go back to buy another bottle or two for posterity (or next week), the result is the same. “Sorry, that’s the last of it. Not sure if we’ll see that again.” Hence the problem with wine shops specializing in…

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