20190830

Restaurant le Georges in Chartres France


A dream dinner in a Michelin Star Restaurant located in the "Grand Monarch Hotel" of Chartres, France. We are talking about "Le Georges" that we assigned a 20/20 score points for gourmet, service and wines along the whole dinner courses.

At the centre of Chartres, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hôtel Grand Monarque invites you at the table of its gastronomic restaurant, Le Georges. Awarded with one Guide Michelin® star since 2009, this address has become, throughout the years, a must meeting place for all food lovers from Eure-et-Loir and elsewhere.
Baptized in honor of Georges Jallerat, Bertrand’ father and great grandfather  find a classic atmosphere typical of this historic house of Chartres, noted notes of a Modernity welcome.
Calm and luminous, the dining room offers a decoration subtly referring to the past of the Grand Monarch and to the Jallerat family who knew how to carry it to the firmament. In this cozy atmosphere, sit comfortably to sample seasonal dishes, featuring the great classic, such as the Pâté de Chartres, and the creative talents of Chef Nicolas Mendes.
The whole thing is accompanied by a wine carefully chosen by our sommelier in a cellar rich with several thousand references coming from the most beautiful French vineyards. 
The Chef at the age of 7, preparing an apple cake on Mother's Day, and seeing the sparkles in his mummy’s eye while she tasted it was the key Thomas Parnaud ‘s passion. Family cooking would influence his craft.
A catering school of Languedoc-Rousssillon region leaded him to some of the best establishment of the area, building great experiences.
Inspired by Claude Giraud, youngest two Michelin star French chef, a passionated man with a chef soul, very close to Joel Robuchon and Marc Veyrat.
Having working for four years with the two great chefs Joel Robuchon and Eric Frechon. His cooking is “lightness with an Asian touch” leading to a great achievement of Gault & Millau young chef of the year 2018 in Romania.
Thomas is a real team leader, sharing, and encouraging his fellow crew. Cooking is a school of humility; it must live with its time, based on classics, open-minded on costumer trends, world influences.


























Best Western Premier Grand Monarque
22 Place des Épars
28000 Chartres







highlight by Paolo Emilio Centoni

pictures by Luca Centoni
  

20190730

Guy Bremond the Wine King in Chateauneuf du Pape

Guy Bremond Master Sommelier (on the right) and the chef Jean-Claude Altmayer (on the left)

We traveled in the top wine kingdom of the world precisely in Chateauneuf du Pape, France. There we met the master sommelier Guy Bremond and his chef Jean-Claude Altmayer of la Cave-Saint-Charles. We wanted to try their concept that they successfully exported in USA.


Basically, if you travel to France, you can book and go here having a wonderful wine tasting and even trying a culinary gourmet experience at the chef's table. But if you can't travel, well they can come to your house and do it there! Yes you can, just go on their website and you can book in advance the event for you and your friends.


Guy Bremond restored this beautiful and ancient cellar dated since the Templars age. It was part of the castle over it and now, after eight years of hard work of restoration, it is again a wonderful place where you can sip several wines from the area and fully understanding with his deep knowledge and explanations.


He selected several wines of his choice from the most interesting vineyards of the area and he served each one of them with a special decanter that he personally invented. It's like a huge glass that can be swirled before to pour the precious nectar in your tasting glass. All it happens in front of you meanwhile a relaxing candle light gives a fairy atmosphere and you can also feel the history that is still living in those aged walls.






Guy is really a passionate connoisseur and, although we had a lot of worldwide experiences with others like him, we have to admit that he proposes the wines as a painter would drawn his masterpiece; in other words he is a true sommelier artist.









Mr.Bremond lives into the up floors where he builded his own home nestled right into the wall of the chateau and with a view of the river Rhone valley.





Having always been destined for the culinary profession, over the course of his studies Guy Brémond fell in love with wine. At the age of 17, when working Relais & Châteaux alongside of André Chabert (who at that time led the Château de Rochegude), Guy tasted a Fonsalette '69 and a Rayas '76. From that moment on, his fate was sealed.

He threw himself into his wine studies, which led him to great success. He was spotted by a delegation of Chefs Sommeliers then was recruited by the legendary Hôtel Richemond in Geneva, one of the jewels of luxury hotel sector in the 1980s. At the age of 24, he became Head Sommelier, a rare responsibility at such a young age. He remained at the hotel for 8 years, before participating in the opening of the ultra-luxurious Grand Hôtel du Parc in Gstaad, where he spent a further 7 years.

After spending some time in China, and feeling somewhat homesick for his native land in Vaucluse, Guy returned to his Provencal roots. Thanks to an innovative idea, he became a pioneer of wine tourism; he was the first to open a 'multi-chateaux' wine cellar offering the tasting and sale of the best vintages of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Several successful years later, he acquired some magnificent cellars dating from the 13th Century, a stone's throw from the château. Although completely dilapidated, he saw their potential and had the courage and vision to tackle the monumental challenge of restoring them to their former glory; no small feat as the renovation works ultimately took 8 years to complete. He finally succeeded in transforming the cellars entirely into a spectacularly beautiful place.

Les Caves Saint Charles

10 Rue des Papes,
84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France



Highlight by Paolo Emilio Centoni

Pictures by Luca Centoni

20190620

Chateau Le Prieure Top Hotel in Saumur, Loire


Chateau Le Prieuré is a magnificent hotel facing the Loire river in France. It's quite close the city of Saumur and it's the perfect location for a couple looking for romantic and historic ambiance in Europe. It offers the chance to live like in a castle but with affordable prices that at least once in a life you really deserve. Since last time we came here 18 years occurred and even a change of property, and its final quality improved a lot by then.


Starting from its imperial decorations inspired to Napoleon and his wife Joséphine Chateau Le Prieuré is impressive and very peculiar for the furniture and the ambiance. The bar and the dining room are particularly quaint about all this above.





The room was amazing with well refined furnitures, too. This particular one is an historic style suite which will you astonish you. Though with its modern comfort you will never regret your choice.



We tested the gourmet dinner as well, but before that we went down in their incredible wine cellars that has been reorganized and updated by the new property which is "La Grande Maison Younan Collection"




After the visit of the wine cellar we have been accommodated at our table with an incredible view of the Loire river, followed by an aperitif with Crémant de La Loire a famous sparkling white wine, very similar to the Champagne. There are several tables facing this view so you can have the chance to book one of it in advance.

Let's talk about the menu of "La Castellane", the restaurant we tested. We have chosen a la carte some of the offered "in season" dishes that are published below with their original menu description, including wines pairing. But before all that we received a couple of  very nice amuse bouche.




Œuf Bio des Deux-Sèvres cuit à 63°, bouillon de carottes et verveine,
salade de petits pois, sésame et citron
Organic egg from the Deux-Sèvres region cooked to 63°,
carrots and verbena broth, sesame seeds, lemon and green peas salad
Agneau de France confit lentement, harissa” de carottes, étuvée de petits pois aux oignons nouveaux
Slow cooked and candied French lamb, harissa” of carrots, steamed green peas with spring onions


Assortiment de fromages affinés du maitre fromager de Louzy
*Assortments of matured cheeses from the master cheese maker in Louzy*
This was our Top Favorite Wine of the Dinner

Soufflé chaud au Royal Combier, salade d’agrumes et sorbet carotte-orange (Sans gluten)Hot” Royal Combier soufflé, citrus salad and carrot-orange sorbet*
(Gluten free)

Petite Patisserie


The chef in charge is Richard Prouteau who is the great star of the menu together with the amazing service we received at the table by the dining room team and of course his brigade in the kitchen. The whole gourmet experience was a 20/20 score and also the room was at the top of our expectations




An elegant 12th century castle, with terraces offering an exceptional panoramic view of the Loire below. Everything has been thought of to offer you a most pleasant stay: a gourmet restaurant, a 25 hectare wooded park, as well as mini golf, tennis and basketball courts, all served by attentive staff.
 4-star hotel
 21 Rooms and suites
 A gourmet restaurant: Le Castellane
 A 25-hectare wooded park
 Free, private and secure parking
 Mini-golf, tennis and basketball court
 Working rooms

Le Prieuré

Rue du, Rue Comté de Castellane, 49350 Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault, France
article by Luca Centoni

pictures by Paolo Emilio Centoni