Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Salon des Vins de Loire 2009

Sue & I just got back from the UK in time to attend the last day of the Salon des Vins in Angers. A sudden death in the family launched our world into a state of disarray and we sadly missed the Renaissance and the start of the Salon this year but Sue managed to pay a brief visit to many of our favourite winemakers and friends at the show.
Saumur was firmly on the map again this year and congratulations go to our neighbours across the vines at Domaine Vieux Pressoir who picked up a gold medal for their Cuvée les Silices 2008. We are also thrilled for Frederic Mabilleau who picked up a gold for one of our favourite reds this year Les Coutures 2008 and also for his Saumur Blanc 2008 (Chenin) that he grows in the vineyards around Le Puy Notre Dame.
As well as the wines Sue was also impressed with a display of furniture made from old barrels. The company called 225 litres makes chairs, tables and lighting from used barriques. You can see some examples at 225 litres. What a great idea and a brilliant example of how a living can be made from recycling, bet they smell good too!

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