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On Wednesday this week we took our wine tour guests to Chateau de Brossay and we were greeted by our host and the domaine winemaker Hubert Deffois who took us into the vineyard. He has been testing the latest in spraying techniques with a machine that directs the treatment with a fine spray directly at the vines. It can treat three rows of vines at one pass. We viewed the chardonnay vines which had just started flowering some two to three weeks later than usual. Hubert talked us through the processes involved from reciept of the grapes in the chai. The pic is taken in the chai with Hubert and guests Bob and Elvina from New Zealand and Graham from Germany; so an international mix. He is in the process of riddling the Saumur Brut. We tasted the domaine wines from the Sauvignon adn Chardonnay IGP, Anjou blanc an rouge, Anjou village, sparkling blanc, rosé and rouge and the great selection of Coteaux du Layons. Thanks Hubert.

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A convenial diinner in the dining room at Manoir de Gourin gave us a very great start tot the week here in the Loire valley amongst the vines of Anjou and Saumur. Eight guests from New Zealand and the UK joined us for some of Karin's lovely food and wines from the Saumur appellation Rouge, Blanc and Cabernet de Saumur. Bob and Elvina joined us from Auckland and from the UK Paul and Jenny from our old stomping ground of Cardiff, Mark and Carol and Graham and Sue. An evening that went on into the wee small hours of the following day. Oh well when you have such great company what the heck!

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What a joyous and wonderful day it was on Sunday. We had the most fun we have had for some time in the company of fellow wine lovers as you can see above. Domaine de L'Enchantoir held its summer pink day with its three pink wines. Cabernet de Saumur (sec), Cabernet d'Anjou (demi sec) stills and a most beautifully crafted pink Saumur bubbly. Not too dry and not too sweet an Extra Dry. A super fruity wine. Pierre van den Boom makes all his pinks from Cabernet Franc grapes.  The day was themed in pink so his wife Brigitte was all dressed in pink and the food she had made was all pink coloured. Salmon blinis, a beetroot compote, pale pink ham rolled in a delicious filling.  The aperitif was arranged in the vines behind the house under a canopy. All was well until we had a bit of a downpour and we all huddled under the canopy hoping it would stop. In the end we gave up and 'walked' the canopy back to the house as you can see from the pic below. It was hilarious.  We reconvened in the function room for lunch. Brigitte's brother in law was chief BBQ cook and he managed under trying conditions to cook the chicken and sausages without getting too wet. We placed the canopy over the BBQ! Thank you Pierre and Brigitte for a great day and some great wines. Well done.

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A great day out wine touring and tasting with our lovely guests Jane (not Tracey) and Franco. It was meant to be four but unfortunately Keith and Val had to cry off. It was still good fun despite the weather with overcast and wet under foot. Even Hubert our wine maker refused to venture into the vineyard. Still whilst Jane was chatting up Hubert or was it the other way round!! Franco and I had a good look at the chardonnay vines.

Thereafter we worked our way slowly through the chai into the tasting room where Hubert managed to open every bottle of his repertoire and much appreciated thank you Hubert.

Jane and Franco are now experts on Loire valley wines after my extensive talk on the valley wines!

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A great afternoon wine touring in Anjou country around the town of Brissac with its unusual chateau.  If you look at the façade you will see that there are two different parts. The two round corner towers were built some time before the central section. At some stage in the development of the chateau the central section was remodelled with  the corner returns to be completed but this never happened resulting in the most bizarre result of the original round towers fused with the central façade. Our guests Sandra and Mark enjoyed a morning visit to Chateau de Brossay where we enjoyed tasting the full range of wines. Sauvignon blanc  and Chardonnay IGP wines, Anjou Blanc appellation, Anjou rouge appellation , Anjou Village appellation, Cremant de Loire appellation, Saumur rose mousseux appellation and a sparkling rouge.

We had lunch at the delightful Le Puy a Vin in Le Puy Notre Dame the historic town perched on a hillock on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostello.

 

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loirewinetoursblog – dinner for six

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A great night was had by all at our weekly Monday night dinner. Our six guests Ken and Laura, David and Anne from Os, and Roger and Mary joined Karin and I for supper in the dinning room of Manoir de Gourin as the pic shows. We enjoyed Karin's delicious food of Goats cheese starter, Pork strog, fresh strawberry tart (strawberries  from the garden picked that very day) , cheese and coffee. We enjoyed Saumur Blanc, Cabernet de Saumur, Saumur rouge and Coteaux du Layon. A great evening that nobody wanted to leave and we went on into the wee small hours. Bedtime for us was one o'clock. Super.

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After our talk in the wine room on day two we travelled to Anjou appellation country to meet our very own best Anjou winemaker Hubert Deffois who presides over a 40 hectare estate. His main claim to fame is his range of sweet wines or dessert wines as our American friends call them. Our tasting however started with the basic IGP wines produced at the estate of Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Both good examples of the wines made in this area from these grapes. Following this we moved onto the Anjou red and white appellation style wines so the white a chenin blanc oak aged to give a soft finish and a fruity red. The other red is an Anjou village again oak aged. We tested the difference in the style of the two pinks of Cabernet d'Anjou (demi sec) and the Rose de Loire (sec). Then the three sparkling blanc, rosé and rouge. Finally the sweets from a base selecton, a vieille vigne, and a grain noble with all the luscious honeyed marmalade.

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After a late finish to our wine tasting dinner our guests enjoyed breakfast on the terrace with the early morning sun. We then enjoyed an hour in the wine room at Manoir with an introduction to the wines of the Loire from the Muscadet to Sancerre appellations and all the wines in between. Its important to explain the styles of the different appellations and the grape varieties so that Mark and Sandra will be able to discover our lovely Loire wines when they return to the States.

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After a very enjoyable day sightseeing and wine tasting in Anjou country we arrived back at Manoir de Gourin for a well earned rest before the evening wine tasting dinner.

Our wine tour guests Sandra and Mark were joined by two of our holiday guests Jackie and Barrie for the evening. Our wines were from the local estate of domaine de l'Enchantoir and the winemaker Pierre van den Boom and his wife Brigitte very kindly came to introduce their wines beforehand in the wne room at Manoir and they then joined us for dinner with our guests. I introduced Pierre and Brigitte and the estate and talked briefly about the estate philosophy and practices. Pierre then desciribed the wines and the pairing with each course.

The starter of Roquefort cheesecake and pear in a lemon vinigrette was accompanied by the Saumur Blanc cuvee Madeleine which is oak aged in old bordeaux barrels for two years. The creaminess of the fod goes well with the rich mellow wine.

The main course of medalions of filet pork, caramalised apples and sauted mushrooms with a wine reduction of Cabernet d'Anjou, blue cheese and creme fraiche  was accompanied by a saumur rouge. This gos well with the fruity notes of apple.

The cheese course was accompanied by a Saumur Puy Notre Dame. A good fruity red is ideal to cover a variety of cheeses. The wine needs to be assertive yet with a rounded edge of compoted fruit on the palate.

The dessert course was accompanied by a Coteaux du Layon from Chateau Brossay. A rich and oppulant dessert wine that retains the freshness of lemony acidity.

Finally coffee was accompanied by a Combier Triple sec and home made chocolate truffles

At the end of the introduction by Pierre and Brigitte they opened a Saumur Blanc mousseux accompanied by an amuse bouche of salmon, creme fraiche and chives.

The first pic is of Jackie and Barrie with Pierre and yours truely in the wine room introducing the wines for the dinner.The second pic is Karin's table setting and the third our dinner guests in the dining room.

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Yesterday we started a two day wine tour from Paris with our guests Sandra and Mark all the way from Dallas. We collected them from Angers train station after they had taken the train from Paris and arrived at 9.30am on time on the very reliable TGV. Our first visit was to the chateau of Angers just a short hop from the station and they spent a leisurely two hours looking around the chateau including the enormous Apocalypse tapestry.

We then travelled to Saint Aubin De Luigné to the estate of Chateau de Bellevue. Here we were welcomed by the owners wife Anne. Our tour was guided by Francois who took us to the vineyards of the appellation of Chaume which lies on the northern slopes of the Layon valley. We then travelled to an old windmill which had been converted to allow visitors to view the whole vista of the area. To the south is Saint Aubin and to the north is the appellaton of Sauvenieres which makes dry white wine from the Chenin grape.

We then travelled back to Chateau de Bellevue where Francois guided us around the wine room and then we finally got to taste the estate wines of Anjou blanc, Anjou rouge, Anjou Village, Cremant de Loire and of course Chaume the sweet beauty of the Loire.

We then enjoyed lunch in the barrel room with Francois discussing the wines and pairing with local food.

Finally Sandra and Mark were driven back to Manoir de Gourin for a well earned rest and tea on the terrace before our evening wine tasting dinner.

The pic is of our guests Sandra and Ken in the Chaume appellation with guide Francois

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

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Our blogs

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