Saturday, 20 October 2012
A few remaining vines in Le Petit Pressigny
Village sign and autumnal colours (CRM)
We had the recent pleasure (5th October) of visiting one of our favourite restaurants – La Promenade, run by the Dallais family. Fabrice is increasingly taking over from his father, Jackie Dallais, in the kitchen after working in some top restaurants in Paris. The food, as usual, was a gastronomic delight – inventive, delicious, and impeccably presented. The wine list is equally stunning. There is a strong emphasis on the wines of the Loire but the sommelier, Xavier Fortant, has introduced an increasing number of wines from Burgundy and the Rhône. Having considered a Vieilles Vignes from Burgundy, Xavier persuaded us that he would find something better suited to our chosen dishes! The wine he chose, a 2005 Auxey-Duresses from Coche-Dury, proved to be a perfect accompaniment for both our pigeon and turbot – pinot noir at its best.
We didn't have far to stagger home to the chambre d'hôtes that we have come to love, Au Fil de l'Aigronne. It is just across the road from the restaurant and run by the very friendly and welcoming Valérie and Loïc Bobon. At breakfast the next morning we discovered that, like us, all our companions had eaten at La Promenade!
Old vine on the outskirts of Le Petit Pressigny (CRM)
What first caught our attention were the figures in the vineyard – an amazing band of arm-waving dancers in strange costumes. Are they very ornate scarecrows or inventive sculptures?
Scarecrows or sculptures? (CRM)
(above and below)
My favourite! (CRM)
Across the road from La Promenade - poitron velouté demain? (CRM)