Archive for September 10, 2013

loirewinetoursblog – The prestigious village appellation

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A lovely sunny day in September saw us visit a Saumur Puy Notre Dame village appellation vineyard. You have to define your exact parcel of vines that make up the Puy Notre Dame appellation with a sign so that the inspector is able to come along unannounced to inspect said vines.

Anyway Sue, Howard and Peter enjoyed the sight of the transition of the green red grapes into red grapes of the cabernet franc when we walked up the south facing vineyard to see the Cabernet franc vines in the lovely sunshine. The verasion has happened and we are now looking forward to the harvest probably around end September/beginning October.

Pierre the winemaker met us in the wineroom and we then followed him into the caves to see the barrels containing the special Puy Notre Dame cuveé and finally a tasting of the estate wines.

A good day out in the vines.

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loirewinetoursblog – lets venture forth into Saumur country

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A great day out with guests Ivan, Alison, Jamie and Amy to a Saumur vineyard in the Loire valley, France to meet winemaker extraordinaire Pierre who in his short time making wine (his first vintage was 2009) has built up a very strong reputation as a top winemaker here in the Loire with his natural wines. We met him in the vines clearing the grass below the vines to allow as mush sun and clear air to assist maturing and reduce risk of damp conditions which becomes more prevalent as the berries ripen.

Our guests enjoyed a visit to the vines of the cabernet franc of the Saumur Puy Notre Dame appellation and the chenin blanc of the Saumur appellation. Then it was to the wine room, the caves and and finally to the tasting room to try out the full range of wines on offer.

Here's a comment from Ivan and Alison in our guest book. "Thank you very much Simon. We recommend this afternoon to everyone" and from Jamie and Amy "A fantastic wine tour – you are a very knowledgeable host Simon".

Why not log onto our website www.loirewinetours.com and have a look at what we can offer you. Its all about learning more of the wines of the Loire we sell on our retail wine website.

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Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

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loirewinetoursblog – a late late evening

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Our guests Phil, Jeremy, Di, Christine, Ewan, Gabby, Ivan and Alison enjoying a aperitif of Saumur Mousseux pink in the formal garden of Manoir de Gourin

 

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Our evening soireé last week finished well into the night as our guests enjoyed themselves so much. It could have gone on longer if we had not gently prompted a departure to bed. Our menu was a starter of roasted tomato, feta and bread with rocket, main of sauté pork fillet with a pink wine reduction, blue cheese and crème fraiche sauce, gratin and garden vegetables, cheese, and a dessert of fresh raspberri

 es, meringue and ice cream. Wines: Saumur blanc classic for the starter, Cabernet de Saumur with the main and Saumur rouge classic with the cheese. Classic and Classic again.

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Our blogs

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loirewinetoursblog – a rest this evening

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A well earned evening out for Karin and I with two of our fellow Mah Jongers Liz and Roy to Le Puy á Vins restaurant in Puy Notre Dame. A very important town in the Loire valley, France on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Also as it has a relic in the church which became important to the crown of France. We had enjoyed three games of  Mah Jong without our other partners who were either busy or away at Manoir de Gourin. We have a lovely secluded spot on the outside terrace. Roy and I played dismally and the girls swept the board. Karin winning two and Liz one game. Le Puy á Vins  sits in a lovely position by the church and it was a lovely evening.

We enjoyed starters of local Charente melon and Serrano ham, crab and avocado salad and terrine. Mains were roast duck fillet and grilled steak. Dessert was a fig tart. We had a white Saumur Blanc from Domaine de Guyon in Puy Notre Dame. Old barrel oak aged. Very good.

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Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog Our gite holiday blog

loirewinetoursblog – after a late lunch we sally forth to taste some more wine

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Inspecting the condition of chardonnay berries

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It was late very late very late indeed that we left Manoir de Gourin after lunch on the Terrace. Karin had slaved over a hot stove to produce a super lunch and it must have been well after 4 that we stumbled out and on our way to an Anjou vineyard where  we were met by the winemaker himself Hubert. Hubert is also a comedienne so we were all having a laugh pretty soon after arriving. We tackled the vineyard with a visit to see the Chardonnay used both for sparkling Saumur and also a very good indeed still chardonnay IGP with our friend Gordon in tow.

Liz and Tom and Kate and Dug were taken through to the reception area where the grapes are pressed before being fed into the underground vat for settling before decanting into the vats for fermentation to start. We visited the wineroom and store before arriving in the tasting room to enjoy a complete run through the wines. Wow.

Some time later and well into the evening we stumbled back to Manoir de Gourin, A great adventure.

Wine tours blog ing is fun with our wine tours blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine tours scene or something quite different you never know.

Cheers.

Our websites

http://www.loirewinetours.com/ Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog Our gite holiday blog