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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Dinner @Café de la Promenade, Bourgueil

Last night we had a very enjoyable meal at the Café de la Promenade, one of our Loire favourites. The Café in Bourgueil is now run by Norah and Sam, who have smartened up the establishment. This has involved making better use of the space available as well as upgrading the facilities including the toilet. 

We started with a shared slate of charcuterie – a classic from Ludo and Sophie's tenure. After our apéro – a glass each of Bourgueil Rosé – we launched into the delicious and concentrated 2014 Conversation from Domaine Ansodelles with its mass of ripe black fruits. You still choose your wine from the wine store at the southern end of the bar and there continues to be an interesting selection of wines – mainly from the Loire but also other French regions. 

2014 Conversation, Bourgueil, Domaine Ansodelles

Perfectly cooked faux filet

Spicy chicken crousillant

A small selection of cheese 

The 2014 Conversation had been too delicious so we decided to invest in a half bottle of 2015 from Le Petit Saint Vincent. As an entry level wine with an emphasis on red fruits it was somewhat at a disadvantage in comparison to Conversation.

CRM finished with a killer rich chocolate mousse. 

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