|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.
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 citronOrganic 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*
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
article by Luca Centoni
pictures by Paolo Emilio Centoni