jamie goode's wine blog: On tour in France (2) Macon and Saumur

Thursday, January 22, 2009

On tour in France (2) Macon and Saumur

The Lallemand tour continues. It's the next best thing to being in a band. We show up in town, check in to our hotel, have dinner together and then the next day we do our gig, finishing early afternoon. Then we pile into the tour bus and drive to the next destination.

Day 2 was Macon, where we did our seminar at the Lycee Agricole in Davaye. It really is beautifully sitauted, in the middle of the rather beautiful vineyards of Pouilly-Fuisse and Saint Veran (pictured above and below - two of the shots were taken in the early morning sun). I never realized just how attractive this region was. The room we were meeting in was the Salle de Jules Chauvet, named after the famous wine scientist who these days is celebrated as the father of natural wine.

After the seminar we had a five-and-a-half hour drive to Saumur, where we are today. We dined very well last night at 'La Reine de Sicile' on rue Waldeck-Rousseau. Really nice food washed down with Saumur wines, both white and red. I'm shortly about to give my presentation for the third time, so I'm hoping my delivery will be almost perfect!

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At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Must go back sometime. Went 4 years ago and stayed in a posh hotel near Saumur overlooking the Loire.
All very nice except for the fact that it pissed down the three days we were there,and hence decided to abandon ship and drive to Brittany!!
Not a big fan of the wine apart from mature Huet vouvray.

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have guessed those photos were taken at different seasons! I presume one is morning and the other evening?

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Jim Budd said...

Might well have been the Le Prieure Chenehutte-Les-Tuffeaux hotel to the west of Saumur.

Haven't eaten at L'Reine de Sicile for a while but when I have been it has always been good and unflashy. Le Pot de Lapin is recommended in Saumur.

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Jim, enjoyed the restaurant - what France does best imho - simple, authentic and delicious

Keith, vouvray rocks but so do many, many other Loire wines - really diverse and interesting wine scene, and I'm increasingly convinced by the reds.

anon, top and bottom were 8 am, middle was about 2 pm

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Jim Budd said...

Sad that Keith was so near to great wines in the Saumur area and yet so far.....posting on Jim's Loire of two stunning whites from Jean-Pierre Chevallier of Château de Villeneuve. Vouvray can be great but as Jamie says there is much more besides as well as excellent reds.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Will go back but next time perhaps do my research a little better and consult Jim and yourself beforehand.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Jim Budd said...

Happy to provide some suggestions Keith.


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