Sunday 11 May 2014

Mme Julie Dufour

A total of 23 members and guests attended the May lunch to enjoy a traditional meal of fouées followed by wine tasting at the cellars of Montreuil Bellay Château.
Thanks to Monique Hay we were warmly welcomed by her nephew in his restaurant, La Grange à Dîme, a wonderful building dating back to the XVth century which was once used for tax collection! The traditional meal of fouées made from local products and cooked in a traditional oven heated by wood, was served by waiters and waitresses wearing medieval dress. With many committee members unable to attend the event, it was left to Jackie Sheppard, a new committee member, to thank Monique Hay, her nephew Jean-Pierre and all the staff for a very enjoyable and interesting meal, together with Lynn and Pat for their work in organising the event.

After lunch it was only a short walk to the Château for a tour of the wine cellars constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries. “When my cup is full, I empty it and when it is empty, I lament” (Rabelais) so say the Sacavin brotherhood which was founded in 1904 in the cellars of the Château – what a sentence to start a wine tasting!

The wines were of the Appellation d’Origine Controlée – “Saumur” et “Crémant de Loire” and are the product of the local Château vines, cultivated and matured with passion and dedication and sold under the name of Château Montreuil-Bellay.

Our thanks to everyone involved for another interesting and enjoyable afternoon.