Some views of Sancerre and Pouilly

View of Ménétréol from the old railway viaduct – the now closed line from Cosne-sur-Loire to Bourges . Looking eastwards.

The Canal Latéral à la Loire

At the end of May/beginning of June we spent a very enjoyable week in a gîte at Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. For those who don’t know Ménétréol it is about three kilometres east of Sancerre much lower down than the town of Sancerre and by the Canal Latéral à la Loire. Rather than spending our time visiting producers we cycled through the vineyards including exploring some parts of the Sancerre appellation like Vinon and vines above Thauvenay and well as riding to Pouilly-sur-Loire.

Vineyards @ Vinon a commune of the southern part of the Sancerre Appellation. There are no further vines due south of Vinon
View across to the vineyards of Pouilly on the other side of the Loire with Saint-Andelain and its church clearly visible in the distance on the extreme left.
The Loire @ Pouilly-sur-Loire – The level of the river is noticeably low
Looking south from Pouilly-sur-Loire – level looks even lower.
Just another 496 kilometres to the source – same distance for the Loire to travel to the Atlantic
Part of Château de Tracy and its vineyards
Ch de Tracy: signs of flowering starting on 31st May 2022
Tasting room at Château de Thauvenay bought in 2016 by Langlois-Chateau
Château de Thauvenay
Vines above village of Thauvenay showing very flinty soil
Hotel Restaurant Le Floroine, Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre overlooking the Canal Latéral
We had a couple of very enjoyable meals here.

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