Although the weather was foul on Saturday we had an excellent outing taking in three Portes Ouvertes – Domaine de la Chevalerie and Château de Minière (Bourgueil), Château du Petit Thouars and with time for a very fine leisurely lunch at the increasingly popular Café de la Promenade in Bourgueil.
We started with a bottle of the Bretons' sparkling Vouvray. I tend to find their Vouvray more consistently convincing than their reds. We shared a number of platters – all consistently good – and enjoyed the soft and juicy 2010 Rouge Désir from Guillaume Galteau, Domaine des Vins Coeur. I don't think I have tasted the wines of this young vigneron, who is based in Ingrandes at 44 Route de Touraine, before. Certainly someone to look out for.