Langeais: the inauguration of Bourgueil’s Maison des Vins

The new Maison des Vins, 15 Rue Gambetta, Langeais  Maison des Vins just a few paces from the Château de Langeais    The inauguration celebrations  @Château de Langeais 13.6.2018 (above and below)   Appellation Bourgueil's second Maison des Vins was officially inaugurated last night at a ceremony in the courtyard of the Château de Langeais. …

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Some recently enjoyed Loire bottles …..

  We opened the 2005 Mi-Pente, Bourgueil from Domaine de la Butte to welcome one of the new members of our French group. She had first visited us in the Cher Valley in 2005. her stay included a visit to Jacky Blot and she was very struck by Jacky's explanation of the terroirs of La …

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Pierre Desproges et Bourgueil

Ce matin, j’ai regardé (et écouté) avec beaucoup de plaisir un court film sur Pierre Des­proges diffusé sur France 5. Tout sauf une heure de grande écoute, sans doute parce que l'humour de Desproges était tout sauf politiquement correct ! Lui, comme Coluche, nous manque beaucoup à un moment où l’on met sérieusement en cause …

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A busy weekend in the Loire

    Café de la Promenade in Bourgueil has long been a favourite haunt for Les 5 du Vin, although we have only once managed to assemble all five of us there at the same time. This was in June 2012 when we enjoyed a memorable weekend tasting and visiting in Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Bourgueil. This …

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Jim’s off on an adventure + Fêtes des Vins de Bourgueil

By the time you read this CRM and I will be in Hong Kong. The first stage of a trip that will take us into mainland China after a few days in Hong Kong. After time in China we catch the train from Beijing to Forest Hill, London SE23 – Trans-Manchurian, Trans-Siberian, Moscow-Paris, Eurostar to …

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Ampelidae – an update

  Frédéric Brochet, founder and dynamic, driving force of Ampelidae  I have covered Ampelidae in Haut-Poitou on several occasions on Les 5 du Vin, so time for an update as the story has now moved on. Sadly it now includes Les 5 du Vin's midwife – Pierre-Jacques Druet. My initial post was during the harvest …

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A week in Touraine

The D81 at Epeigné-les-Bois mid-morning on Tuesday 30th May 2016 After nearly 200mm of rain in 48 hours le plan d'eau burst and flowed over the road. Weatherwise 2016 has been far from kind to the Loire. The winter was very mild and this was followed by a cold March and April. In the latter …

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