~ 3 Day Wine Tasting Break at Château de la Barre near Le Mans, France ~

WINE TASTING

Vintage Vacation in the Loire Valley : An oenophile's dream ( 3-Night Stay )

Nothing beats in depth research! At Chateau de La Barre, wine is more than just a beverage, it's an essential part of life. And the best way to learn about it is by tastings!

Wine is also about history, and what better place to experience this than in an elegant and exclusive family château full of the heritage of six centuries.

photo of vintage wine Day 1: Introduction to the differences between Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, Cabernet and Cabernet Franc grapes during supper in the billiard room of Château de La Barre, with its' XIVth century fireplace. Cabernet Franc is the grape of the Loire Valley's greatest reds like Chinon, Saumur or Bourgueil. It has little tanin, smooth flavours of plums or cherries and a mellow finish.

Day 2: Embark on a connoisseur's journey to the winelands of the Loire and visit the historic cellars of Vouvray, with an exclusive wine and cheese tasting. Finish the day by indulging in a five course feast of French cuisine in a gastronomic haven in the French countryside.

Day 3: Discover why the Prince of the gastronomes, Curnonsky, described the rare Jasnières as "three times a century, the best white wine in the world". Enjoy the beautiful, unspoilt little Loir valley, with its' XIIth century romanesque churches and frescoes and Renaissance manor houses. In the evening, during a candlelit dinner in the grand dining room of Château de La Barre, find empirical answers to your questions of what to serve with foie gras, guinea fowl and chocolate...and what cheese goes with which wine...

Day 4: Departure with a special gift from Château de La Barre...

This unique oenological experience includes:

Price 995 euros to 1520 euros (according to room chosen, excluding transport and dinner outside Château de La Barre)

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