Country village Auberge south of Clermont-Ferrand
Called in for Sunday lunch – their first of the season. The auberge was providing aperitifs for local notables and the army celebrating Armistice Day (on 8 May), hence the rather bizzare table decorations and the crowd in the square outside the auberge.
- charcuterie – paté, mousse and brawn (fromage de tête)- home made
- fish soup with garlic mayonnaise
- roast chicken with baby potatoes and jerusalem artichokes!
- cheese platter (Fourme d’Ambert, St Nectaire and Berkswell!
- Pot au chocolat with cream
With superb bread, a glass of wine (I was driving) and 2 cups of decent coffee €28.00! (about £23.50) – 2014! Sample menu:
|Petit tartare de veau rose|
|Asperges, truite, sauce mousseline|
|Rôti de chevreau|
|Salade des champs|
|Fromages de pays|
|Fraises à la vigneronne|
Auberge de Chassignolles, Le Bourg, 43440 Chassignolles. Haute Loire. France.
T: 00 33 (0)4 71 76 32 36
Peter Taylor and son Henry were previously at the River Station and Bar Buvette in Bristol
South of the main Champagne producing area lies the area of Cotes des Bars – still officially Champagne (producing up to 25% of the while Champagne harvest) and more attractive and less busy – around the Aube and Seine Rivers east of Troyes. The vineyards of the Côte des Bar are planted almost exclusively with Pinot Noir grapes and tend to be somewehat lighter and fresher than those from further north.
The Moulin de Landion at Dolancourt is a stylish Hotel and Restaurant which proved to be an ideal base for exploring the vineyards and Champagne houses of this less-known region. The old water mill (moulin = watermill) remains a central feature with 16 en-suite bedrooms and an elegant restaurant and wine list. An excellent selection of Champagnes to taste in the bar or on the riverside terrace. Local food is an important feature of the restaurant. Part of Relais de Silence group the surroundings are peaceful.
Moulin de Landion. 5 rue St Leger, 10200 Dolancourt (Aube, Grand Est)
For more info on this Champagne country hotel see Moulin de Landion
The small south-west appellation of Madiran (64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle Aquitaine) is home to the Tannat grape, producing rich, sometimes tannic red wines.
This is a rural area – no large towns. rolling countryside heavy with vines.
The village of Madiran is no busy metropolis – just quiet and peaceful.
Here you will find the Prieuré Hotel Restaurant with comfortable rooms and elegant Restaurant with a wine list that features some of the best local wines from Madiran, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh and Côtes de St Mont appellations (amongst others). Outdoor swimming pool in season.
Many original features in a stylish old priory. Free wifi.
Whilst not exactly “on a vineyard” you can stay in the heart of the pretty wine vilage of Chablis(89 Yonne, Bourgogne) in a 2- or 4-person apartment above Jean-Marc Brocard‘s wine shop and cellars – or self-catering in a farmhouse outside the village
Chablis is set amongst the vineyards and is a vibrant winemakers’ town with tasting caves, fine restaurants, cafes, home also to the famous Andouilette and a wonderful Sunday market.
You will be looked welcomed by the person in charge of the boutique (Pierre or Sebastien) which will offer you a welcome tasting with our Chablis wines (and its neighbourhoods) . They will be at your disponibility during your stay. They both fluent in English.
Jean-Marc Brocard does make excellent Chablis and we visited the shop several years ago – the staff were so helpful in explaining the different styles and quality of the wines – and inevitably we spent more than we intended.
These dry, minerally Chardonnay wines are distinctively different and highly rated.
There are numerous places to eat and shop in the village including the Michelin-starred Hostellerie des Clos hotel and restaurant.
Our discovery of Les Trois Marchands (The Three Merchants) at Cour-Cheverny (41 Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val-de-Loire) was a recommendation from Michel Gendrier at nearby Domaine des Huards– and we have been back at least half-a-dozen times since. It has now been given a make-over and re-named as Hotel Relais Les Trois Chateaux
Situated about 12km south of Blois, it is ideally situated for the Touraine chateaux and vineyards, including Domaine Octavie at Oisly.
As a hotel it falls into the OK category – neither luxurious nor spartan – comfortable, affordable en-suite rooms in the French style (although heavy flock wallpaper is absent!). It is the restaurant that (as usual) is the main attraction – especially if you feel up to tacking the Menu Gastronomique! Always good food – with a wide range of choice – excellent local wines and friendly service. We have never had a bad meal there – even when turning up late and unannounced with a party of 8!!
For more info and to check availabilty at this Cour-Cheverny hotel see Hotel Relais Les Trois Chateaux