“Le Puy a Vins”, Le Puy Notre Dame, Val de Loire!
As all of our regular visitors know, the village has one thriving full time restaurant, “Le Bouchon Ponot” which has served us all very well for several years and offers excellent French cuisine for a reasonable price. The Chef, Jean-Yves and his assistant Mag, are our good friends and so it was with mixed emotions that we greeted the re-opening of a second full time eatery in the village, “Le Bar a Vins”. We are happy to say though that both restaurants are doing very well!
Located in the heart of Le Puy Notre Dame at the side of the eglise in rue des hotels, the new establishment is superbly placed for dining outside in summer being situated on the new “Place” by the side of the medieval church.
Le Puy a Vins was originally bought and refurbished a couple of years ago, but it was closed as often as it was open because of other commitments. Now, under the new ownership of David Beaufreton and Romain et Marie Amblard things are very different. They will also be organising musical concerts in association with Puy-z’Arts, whose presidente is the previous owner, Pascale.
The restaurant is open both midday and evening from Tuesday to Saturday with a lunch time ‘Menu du Jour’ available at 12 and 16€, or alternatively, it’s possible to have a plate of charcuterie or cheese with a glass of wine depending on your appetite! The evening offers gourmet cuisine dining. They concentrate on a selection of wines from the surrounding Val de Loire vineyards within a 100km radius and we were delighted to see an emphasis on local wines (of which we are passionate) to demonstrate the dynamisme and quality of Le Puy Notre Dame wines including some of our favourites from the Domaine de la Paleine with their Rigoletto 2011 Blanc and Moulin des Quints 2009 Rouge; plus the Domaine des Guyons L’Ardile 2010 Blanc. Ah- we are spoilt!! In fact we are people who always choose our wine before food on the menu – it’s a fact!!!
We were invited to their Soirée d’Inauguration and all guests were very warmly welcomed. The evening began with lots of conversation about the new venture over delicious aperitifs and selection of wines of which we chose a glass of 2010 Vent du Nord, a crisp and elegant Chenin Blanc, made by our friend and village winemaker Franck Bimont of Domaine des Guyons. (The Vent de Nord was previously made in our own wine chais at Le Clos des Guyons, so we have lovely memories of it being stored in massive cuves and barrels, when we used to help ourselves by courtesy of Franck and Pierre, his father)!
Afterwards we were delightfully entertained by the duo called …..wait for it…..”De La Marquise Elizabeth De La Haute Motte De Saint Martin Du Fouilloux Garance La Haute Motte De Saint Martin Du Fouilloux Lucienne Trouchu” otherwise known, (luckily) as ‘Les Elles dans l’Do” with their musical soirée aided by a kind of musical box with windup handle and paper roll music sheets (un orgue de Barbarie in French). It was a quite typical Parisian spectacle, with a combination of humour, acting and singing, which finally culminated in much hand clapping, bravos and encores! They gladly continued their repertoire and handed out song sheets to enable us all to sing along with them to the popular Parisian French classic song “Les Champs Elysees”. Here’s a Youtube link, if you haven’t heard it. And so …. just to give you the idea – Aux Champs-Elysées, (and, with the trumpet bit, sing)- “pa la pa la pa”, pa la pa la pa, Aux Champs-Elysées, Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit, Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux champs Elysées, (In the sun, in the rain, at midday or midnight, there is all that you want in the Champs Elysee). Finishing with a deafening POUET POUET at the end which I have since found out has no interpretation it’s just a joyeus expression! Brian sang away merrily but have to admit it was all just a bit quick for my French, but I did my best. We had a marvellous time and we continue to enthuse over future visits and recommendations to our guests! Hats off to the team!
We wish Romain, Marie and David lots of success with their new venture.
Le Puy a Vin is just an easy five minute walk from Le Clos des Guyons being the last house at the end of the village in rue du Moulin, on the route vignoble to Argentay. Take a look at our comprehensive website:- www.closdesguyons.com, giving information about the village, region and our lovingly restored self-catering Gite accommodation “Le Sauvignon” and “Le Chenin” and Chambre d’hotes, which we successfully operate all the year round! Whether you are passionate about visiting France for its culture, discovering chateaux, troglodyte caves, walking, cycling, wine tasting (of which we offer a range of holidays to suit all levels of interest), gastronomy ‘Angevin’, or simply in need of relaxation, this little corner of France in the Loire Valley is bewitching and has plenty to offer everyone!
Allez en vacances. C’est beau ici! We will be pleased to welcome you to our home!
Sheila and Brian