As regular readers will know we have family from the Netherlands staying with us this week. Day before yesterday we drove up to the Cher river and visited Domaine de la Renaudie which produces Touraine wines. We'd read about the domaine and it's wines on Living the life in Saint-Aignan a blog we read regularly.
With impeccably bad timing we arrived "the morning after the night before"! The domaine owners had spent all of Sunday hosting a huge party to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. In fact when we arrived they were dismantling the marquee. Had we known we would have, of course, come on another day.
|Patricia discussing Pineau d'Aunis rosé|
Nevertheless, Patricia Denis was absolutely charming and took time and care to discuss the Domaine's rosé, white and red wines with us. Tasting them was a really interesting and enjoyable experience. We particularly liked the Perle de Rosé, made exclusively from the Pineau d'Aunis grape, and bought a half case as well as another of Chenin. My cousin and her partner prefer reds and were very taken with the Cabernet. Several half cases will be heading north to the Netherlands.
|Tasting is hard work!|
While tasting and talking with Patricia we once again were reminded how small the world is. She asked where we lived and when we said Charnizay she looked slightly startled and asked if we knew a particular family. Yes we replied the family in question farm sheep about 300m away. In fact, they are one of our closest neighbours. It turns out her daughter's long term boyfriend is the son of the family!
We had a great time and will be back to buy reds in the autumn.
Today we headed to Loches for the Wednesday market. It was bustling and we stopped for a coffee and some great 'people watching' before going round the market and picking up the things we needed. We bought delicious black cherries and some other food items. My cousin found small gifts to take back to the Netherlands.
Colourful scenes in Loches. Some of the soaps are going to the Netherlands!