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We welcomed Mary and Ron from Philadelphia for a one day wine tour yesterday. They were looking to explore the wines of the central Loire valley and so why not take them on a voyage of discovery through two of the most important village appellations in the Saumur area Puy Notre Dame and Champigny. These are unique and important appellations founded on the terroir of tuffeau and of place and on the passionate wine makers of these village appellations. So we were able to meet two of the best in each appellation. Pierre van den Boom the owner of Domaine de L'Enchantoir in Puy Notre Dame and Richard Desouche the estate manager of Chateau de Chaintres in Champigny. These men are different but the same. They are both passionate about the natural way of growing grapes and making wine but they each have an affinity towards their own appellations and the unique differences that each brings to the wine they make.
In the morning we took Mary and Ron to the domaine of Enchantoir. Here they were personally shown around the estate by Pierre. They were able to taste the full range of wines made on the estate including the Puy Notre Dame appellation in the classic and the oak aged cuveé. Pierre is the ambassador of this region for his wines and he has won many awards in the short time he has been making wines at Enchantoir. A remarkable feat considering he has only been making wine since 2008. He is someone with a natural ability.
After a four course lunch with Pierre and his wife Brigitte we were off to visit the estate of Chateau de Chaintres. Richard took us on a tour of the vineyard, wine room and cellars before he personally tasted his wines with Mary and Ron. Our photo is of Mary and Ron with Richard at Chaintres. We came away with some knowledge of the unique flavour of the wines of the central Loire and of the sense of place and philosophy of Loire valley winemakers.
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