WINE NEWS FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’ FOR DOMAINE DE LA PALEINE, LE PUY NOTRE DAME
Our Australian guests, David and Carolyn Van Dort, whom we welcomed to Le Clos des Guyons in October this year have notified us to say they have recently read an article in the Travel Section of the MELBOURNE JOURNAL 25/11/12 on places to visit in the Loire Valley France, where it mentions beautiful Montsoreau, Chateau de Chaumont, the Royal Abbeye de Fontenvraud but were then surprised to find it included a paragraph entitled SIP (quite appropriate)! which says;- DOMAINE DE LA PALEINE. “In the heart of the Loire Valley near the magnificent Notre Dame du Puy this family owned vineyard set amongst 14ha of vines is a MUST-SEE!!!” Actually it’s 35 hectares not 14, but hey!!
During their stay, Brian took David and Carolyn to the Paleine on one of his guided wine tours and tutored sessions , along with our other guests Jim, Alexandra, Neil and Judith from the UK during their stay here and so the article was of special interest. La Paleine is one of Brian’s favorite wineries to visit because they not only have a clear reputation for the quality of their wine but, between the owner Marc Vincent and the winemaker Patrick Nivelleau, they have created many different cuvées which enable Brian to show and explain the whole gambit of local wine.
Well our guests certainly have fond memories of a great visit which they mention in our visitors book , to quote:-
“The wine tour and tasting was so informative. We will be much more informed about our wine selections in the future”!
Here are a couple of photographs (the top one is of everyone having an informal walk around the vineyards and the second one was taken afterwards in the tasting room).
Thankyou David and Carolyn for sending this article!
And to all those Melbourne Journal readers out there – do take the advice of your local paper and come and enjoy our charming village of Le Puy Notre Dame and its vineyards. Brian will be happy to advise and escort you!
Brian and Sheila