Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Salon des Vins de Loire 2007

Met up with Sarah Amhed - Wine Writer and Journalist at the Salon des Vins in Angers today and introduced her to our neighbouring winemakers in Le Puy Notre Dame. Here we are tasting the stunning whites of Fosse Seche with our good friend Guillaume, the winemaker.

We also tasted wines from La Tour Grise and Domaine de la Paleine who won four medals at the show which included a gold for the 2005 Domaine Paleine Rouge. Thanks go to Francoise Gourdon who was very helpful in explaining the history of the new appellation Saumur - Le Puy Notre Dame which they have been battling for 30 years to obtain. From June 2007 they will have the right to use this AOC name against their red wines.

Over to Saumur Champigny and we were pleased to see that Chateau du Hureau one of our regular visits on the wine tours was receiving the accolades it deserves with five stars from Decanter Magazine for it Lisagathe 2005.

Lucky enough to taste the early releases from Roche Neuves too. The Marginale red and the Insolite white are the wines to look out for here.

Other tastings also included the fabulous sparkling from Baumard made by the Methode Ancestral. Domaine de Sauvete with it's Sauvignon Blancs and Gamays from Touraine region and a re-visit to taste Catherine & Pierre Bretons biodynamic wines from Bourgeuil - the Nuits d'Ivresse - produced naturally without the use of any sulphur is one of our favourites.

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