Wednesday, 29 October 2014
The small marina@Nyon at dusk
After our drive up into the Juras we headed to Nyon in time to catch the last hour of sunshine. This evening the fading light was superb on Lac Léman and across to the French Alps.
Tower of the Château de Nyon
Château de Nyon (above and below)
Château – through to the Lac
Château de Nyon
The Lac and mountains on the French side
From the Swiss Juras over Lake Geneva towards Mont Blanc
We are staying a couple of nights at Divonne-les-Bains to get ourselves acclimatised for #dwcc14 in Montreux this weekend. Today we drove up into the Swiss part of the Jura mountains that overlook Lac Léman and Mont Blanc and other mountains.
Shades of Mont Blanc
La Barillete communications centre
Café de la Barillette
Mont Blanc behind a tree
Café de la Barillette with Lac Léman below
Modern Swiss snow plough
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Domaine Henri Bourgeois: grapes waiting to be
picked for a late harvest wine
(above and below)
Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and the other Central Vineyards have been fortunate again in 2014. Not only have they had a good vintage but they have had a generous vintage unlike other parts of the Loire, where many producers have their third successive short vintage. In Sancerre and Pouilly quality producers like Domaine Henri Bourgeois, Domaine Vacheron, Michel Redde and Masson Blondelet have harvested around 60 hl/ha this year and the quality is high. Here 2014 appears to be similar to a vintage such as 1990 where both the yields were high and so too unusually the quality.
A big vintage in the Central Vineyards looks likely to widen again the wealth gap between Sancerre, for example, and the rest of the Loire.
(More details to add.)
Jean-Marie 'Jany' Bourgeois
Vines and woods from above Chavignol
Sunset over Sancerre from East bank of Loire
Monday, 27 October 2014
Yesterday we dropped down to the Sunday market in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher. This market that started a number of years ago with just a few stalls has now expanded. Moving the market out of the small square by the church to the relatively recently developed square with shops immediately north of the church has proved to be a success with an increase in the number of stalls.
Among our purchases today was an excellent small chicken that I roasted simply with olive oil and butter served with a reduced red wine sauce with wild mushrooms. Excellent value at just over 10€.
The very popular pork and charcuterie stall
Stalls including the very good stall that specialises in duck
products from a farm just to the north of Amboise
Stall with paella and roast chicken
Cheese from Epeigné's goat farm run by Eric Schneider is also a
very popular stall. No wonder as the cheese is excellent.
Redevelopment of the new shopping area has taken its toll,
however – the Central Café is the latest to close
Fermature pour cessation d'activité
(above and below)
It must be very difficult for a small, traditional
bar to survive these days in a small town.