Today we embarked with some guests for an all day wine tour taking in the main appellations of Saumur Champigny (red), Saumur (red and white), and Anjou (red and white), and also overlying appellations of Saumur Puy Notre Dame (red in tuffeau terroir), Cabernet de Saumur (pink -dry tender), Cabernet D’Anjou (medium pink), Saumur Brut sparkling (white and pink), Cremant de Loire sparkling (white), Anjou Village (red in schist terroir longer maceration and oak aged), Coteaux du Layon (and Grain Noble) (light sweet to very syrupy sweet), and a non appellation red sparkling (which does not have a designation but it will come).
Our guests enjoyed a picnic in the vineyards with the estate director at Chateau de Chaintres Richard Desouche. He’s a real character and loves to pontificate about all sorts of topical matters. Today we had a discussion over the appointment of the new IMF chief for example. Very serious.
Pierre Van den Boom at Domaine de L’Enchatoir was busy busy preparing for an equestrian event where he sells his wines. His wife Brigette had to hold the fort to do the tasting. She has a good pallette.
Finally to Hubert at Brossay where our guests enjoyed his range of sweet wines and of course the sparkling red!
A great day out had by all confirmed by the bootful of wine purchased and returned to Manoir de Gourin. All these wines are to be found at gfwine.co.uk. You are able to get some idea of the domaines and their wines on the winemakers pages on the website.