‘FESTIVINI’ WINE MARKET TODAY IN SAUMUR
Today is the Wine Market in Place de la Republique Saumur, alongside the Loire. and what a wonderful afternoon with clear blue skies and temperatures in the thirties it was a lively afternoon! The market is a part of the “Festivini” celebrations which is a two week long celebration of the wines of Anjou and Saumur. It has many tastings throughout the region, gourmet meals with carefully chosen wine in such rarified atmospheres as the Royal Abbey at Fontenvraud and walks, bike rides, horse treks and carriage rides through several vineyards. We arrived just after 2:00pm having eaten at the Hotel le Bussy in nearby Montsoreau. This is a great place for Sunday Lunch havig superb views, not just of the Loire but also of the Château.
The menu is simple and quite restricted but the food is superbly well cooked and the “frites” are to die for.
The market was just starting to fill up again after the two hour lunch break and it was an ideal oppurtunity to get round easily and meet some of our old friends like Hubert Deffois from Château de Brossay in our first village of Cléré sur Layon. A superb producer of exquisite Coteaux du Layons. As usual our current village was represented by the Domaine de la Paleine and the Domaine d’Enchentoir whilst all the big sparkling houses of Saumur like Akerman, Gratien-Meyer and Langois Chateau were well represented.