I've stayed at a few chateaux all in the name of research.
I stayed overnight at Chateau Beaumont, Bordeaux in the broiling heat besieged by buzzing insects. I couldn't wait to leave that turret - not so romantic.
But visiting Chateau du Petit Thouars
In the Loire Vallee was an altogether sublime and serene experience.
Painting onsite with a view of the vineyards...
Even if I have been painting macarons
Instead of the magnificent chateau
Or the 30 acres of vineyards
Or the Cabernet Franc grapes has been a sheer joy.
I met Sebastien du Petit Thouars through the net. He asked me to paint the church he was getting married in and the rest is history.
Speaking of history, Sebastien's ancestor, Georges Aubert, a consular under Cardinal Richelieu, bought the chateau in 1643. Sebastien's father replanted the vines in 1975.
If you visit the views are superb
The cellers produce up to 70,000 bottles of wine per year
Château du Petit Thouars wines have won many, many prizes
Over the years including being cited by Decantor magazine in 2011
Cremente de Rose:
Best enjoyed end of the meal with dessert tartes
eye - pale salmon pink
le nez - small red fruit aroma
Cabernet Franc Reserve 2009:
featured in Decantor 2011
'robe'/look-shiny, red garnet color
le nez/nose-ripe red fruits and raspberries
in the mouth- fresh balanced structure, light and delicate
If you're into cats and dogs there are plenty of to keep you fascinated.
Chateau dog, Dimitri will happily play ball with you between tastings
Château du Petit Thouars is located between Chinon and Saumur
Do stop in for a degustation/ a tasting
Or check out Argonaut Liquor in Colorado
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A La Votre!