Oregan Visitors enjoying a little taste of France and the Le Puy Marché Gourmand!
On the evening of Rod and Denise’s arrival we enjoyed an entrée of Tomatoe and Mozzarella Salad, followed by Pan Fried Trout with Beetroot in a Honey and Balsamic glaze on a bed of Ratte Potatoes and Broccoli, then a plate of local cheeses followed by fresh figs filled with creme fraiche and vanilla. Of course all with our favourite wines!
During their stay they visited local chateaux and the Le Puy vineyards including a guided wine tour and tasting of the local wines! Denise enjoyed cooking and treated us to her favourite Oregan recipe of apricot and cranberry scones.
Also The Marché Gourmand Fete was held at the weekend, one of many throughout the year in the village! There are always lots of delicious local products to sample including various qualities of foie gras, pomme tapée to accompany, honey, delicious jam, chutney, cheese, sausage, pate and bread of all shapes and sizes including a special one this year measuring one metre long made by our village boulangerer Franck, plus a mention of the wine tastings taking place of local producers. The event was opened in the morning by the Maire, followed by a procession of the The Knights of Bellay, the famous Brotherhood of Montreuil Bellay (seen in the photograph).
The month of October is almost over but it is never a quiet month in the village especially if you are a vigneron! Primarily it’s the grape harvest and everyone is working very hard in the vineyards, with vendagers cutting endless bunches of grapes, the ‘hotters’ grappling with the weight of the grapes in their hods as they carry them over to the waiting tractors, vignerons preparing the wine chais for the vinification with many long hours to follow, but all with one thing in mind to make the best quality wine from their grapes. The work is long and laborious but is done with passion. Just to give you some idea of the size of the region in Nantais-Anjou-Saumur-Touraine there are 4,000 exploitations. In Le Puy village there are just on 60 Vignerons. It has not been an easy year for the 2013 vendage and is the second successive year where the Loire vignerons have been hit by the weather which had turned to rain during the latter days of picking. In fact this year there will be no Coteaux again, our rare and justifiably famous sweet wine.
Rod and Denise enjoyed seeing the grape harvest at first hand and enjoying the atmosphere and smell of wine everywhere and took some of their favourite bottles with them on to the next part of their journey through France to visit friends in Nantes Atlantique.
Sheila and Brian