A tasting of Loire Wines at the Domaine de la Reniére. L to R. Ian (guest), René (the winemaker), Lydia (guests friend) and Debbie (guest).
Entrance to la Domaine de la Reniére, Le Puy Notre Dame
I took our Clos des Guyons guests to visit Domaine de la Reniére in les Caves, the oldest Domaine in Le Puy Notre Dame.
It is always interesting listening to this master vigneron, René, talking with passion and pride about his wines! René-Hughes Gay, owner and winemaker of the vignoble de la famille GAY, which has been in the same family since 1636 when a parcel of vines was given to an ancestor by the local lord. René tells us that all the winemakers that have preceded him have also been given the name of “René” hence the name Domaine de Reniére!!
One of René’s vineyards looking towards the Gothic Church in Le Puy Notre Dame.
Naturally lots of changes have occurred in the vineyard over the years and now the culture of the vignes is very strict with respect of the physological and biological balance of the vines. The terroir is argilo calcair and the appellations are:- AOC Saumur Blanc, Saumur Rouge, Saumur Puy Notre Dame, Coteaux de Saumur, Cabernet de Saumur and Rosé de Loire.
All his wines are of excellent quality and value, with his Saumur Blancs being particularly elegant and mindblowing.
After each visit you really can’t leave without lasting memories and a yearning for a return visit!
I thought I would share an extract from Ian and Debbie’s lovely review sourced from TripAdvisor June 13 2014)
“Le Clos de Guyons – how a gite should be and – a true french experience.”
... If you are at all interested in the local wine (this must be one of the best wine areas in France) you must go visit some of the local vignerons, of which there are plenty. But to really appreciate the visit ask Brian to take you to one of the local wine tours and meet the people who actually make it. Forget the TV stereo type of so called wine connoisseurs, Brian truly knows and appreciates wine and will take the time to explain the processes show you the vineyard and help you enjoy the results – funny how the wine is so much more enjoyable when you know what effort has gone into it. There is no obligation to make a purchase but we couldn’t resist the superb wines at the prices offered. I can also recommend the post tour visit to the local Tabac – all part of French village life. My only complaint – we were only there for four days! Would we go back – absolutely!
Thankyou very much Ian and Debbie! We enjoyed our time with you too!
Alongside our Wine Tours we offer two charmingly restored self catering holiday gites “Le Sauvignon” and “Le Chenin” complete with heated swimming pool for a refreshing swim (mid May to September) all ready for relaxation and enjoyment!