Gites in the Loire

Left to Right:  Heather, Roger, Jeanette, Robert, Brian, Mick and Karen. (I’m taking the photo).

We had a fabulous dinner on the arrival of our new guests this week, Heather, Roger, Karen and Mick, after their long car journey travelling through Southern Spain into France and finally reaching the Loire Valley to Le Clos des Guyons in the village of Le Puy Notre Dame!  We were also joined by our neighbours ‘en face’ in rue du Moulin, retired vigneron Robert Guyon and his lovely wife Jeanette. Not only were we all having a great time, but at this point in the photograph above, a wonderful memorable moment too enjoying a very special bottle of wine which had been made by Robert, but we were all staggered when he announced it was his VERY LAST BOTTLE of 1990 Saumur Blanc, being just as good as it was when he made it 24 years ago in the old wine chai here at Clos des Guyon (his former family home where he was born and worked all his life, formerly ‘Domaine des Guyons’)!  It was also a perfect accompaniment to my home made Tarte au Pomme! Merci Robert!  The wine had a lovely delicate Chenin nose even after all this time, proving how good the Chenin grape can be. Aged Chenin loses most of it’s aroma and taste of white fruits and lemon and gains  a complex, minerally feel, reminisent of the local tuffeau limestone together with intense waxy honey.

One of the pleasures of living in the village of Le Puy Notre Dame is to enjoy the wines from not only the new commerical winemakers around us, because of course the choices are endless, but for me it’s also about the wines made by the old retired vignerons who often surprise you, like Robert last night, by pulling out a cracker of an old wine from his cellar.  We never take anything for granted living here, it’s a winemaking village so there is a lot of history out there to be found and I do so love their stories when they tell us about their certain vintage years and remembering working days with their fathers and grandfathers – some good stories and some not so good when harvests had been very difficult.  Robert explained that 1990 had been one of those excellent quality vintages when growers produced some superb wines and I can’t explain the feeling we all  had sharing that bottle with him and Jeanette. It was magic!

Chin chin to wonderful guests and wonderful neighbours.

Thanks for a great evening!


New website www.closdesguyons.com

Loire Wine Tours and Tastings 

We offer superb holiday gite accommodation with heated swimming pool and also Loire Wine holidays in the village of Le Puy Notre Dame in the Loire Valley, deep in the Saumurois vineyards and now in its own wine appellation of Saumur Puy Notre Dame.  Ideally located for the sights of the Loire and visiting the surrounding majestic chateaux and troglodyte caves in the region.




  1. Hi both,

    Thanks for the posts. I always read them and go a green colour. I wonder why? What a great evening that sounded. 24 year old wine and still going strong – a tribute to the grape and the vigneron.

    Claire and I are now married – she’s a brave woman. Once we get over the expense of our wonderful wedding (in three tepees, in a field with 110 friends who were transported there and back by a bus!) we will be out to remake your acquaintance. We still reminisce fondly about the stay and your friendly hospitality – and out little suppers outside in the courtyard.



  2. Thanks very much Geoff for your lovely comment and would love to see you and Clare again – we will make sure Le Puy Notre Dame saves some wine for you! Cheers and wishing you a happy future together!


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