On the last Friday of our recent stay in the Loire went to the Domain de la Taille aux Loups to taste the 2012s with Jacky Blot as well as pick up some 2012 Montlouis we had reserved last autumn. Following the tasting we were invited to lunch by Jacky at the Bistrot des Belles Caves in Tours, which Jacky and Joëlle Blot opened early last September.
On entering the Bistrot there is a bar and sitting area that leads through to the wine shop, where you can either buy wine from all over France to take away or drink in house by adding a flat 10€ fee to the retail price. This is surely the eminently sensible approach to pricing wine in a restaurant. Le Café de la Promenade in Bourgueil has a similar system – adding 8€ to the retail price but, of course, overheads are lower in Bourgueil than in central Tours.
I had three courses (24€ – 18€ for two courses) starting with a delicious, quite thickly sliced seared tuna with a light salad. A perfectly cooked piece of cod followed. I finished with a sophisticated rice pudding.