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Congratulations – David Guitton on first French vineyard-starred restaurant


David Guitton, owner chef of
La Table de la Bergerie

Last week Michelin launched their 2017 Red Guide. Amongst the new stars was La Table de la Bergerie in Champs-sur-Layon (Anjou), which is attached to the excellent Domaine de la Bergerie.

Although it is common in wine regions like Australia and California to have restaurants attached to wine estates, it is rare in France. It is even rarer that such a restaurant has a Michelin star. You could argue that Château Cordeillan-Bages in Pauillac is similar as it is close to Château Lynch Bages and is also owned by the Cazes family. However, it isn’t actually attached to Lynch-Bages, which is some 450 metres away and currently the restaurant doesn’t have a Michelin star.

David is married to Anne Guigniard, who together with her father, Yves, runs the 36 ha Domaine de la Bergerie making a very fine range of Anjou wines including Savennières and Quarts de Chaume.

Born in Saint-Nazaire David had wide experience before starting La Table in 2009.  He worked in Washington DC (USA), in Zurich and Lausanne (Switzerland) as well as in London and Monaco where he worked for Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon.

I have been lucky enough to eat on a number of occasions at La Table de la Bergerie. The food is always delicious and David is a very talented chef. A visit to La Table de la Bergerie is highly recommended. The menus include the option of matching the dishes with wines from Domaine de la Bergerie. The restaurant is small so booking is essential.

La Table de la Bergerie, 49380 Champ sur Layon – Tél. 02 41 78 30 62



Jim Budd