Roadtrip français Part III | Wine tasting in Pouilly & Sancerre / gourmet lunch at Le Chat {Bourgogne}

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Roadtrip Part 2. After spending a couple of days in the Auvergne we headed northwards to spend some days at my boyfriend’s home in the Bourgogne. I’ve visited Nevers for the first time this winter but it was way too cold and now in summertime everything looks so much nicer.

The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire

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There area around Nevers is well known for a great wine so we made a trip combined with wine tasting in Pouillyand Sancerre. My boyfriend has done some research before where to get some good Pouilly and ended up buying some at Cédrick Bardin, which is definitely a good address. The bottles were at 8€ and we also took two of the good ones, which were at 12€ per bottle (which is still not a lot for good wine). Unfortunately we were really stupid and left the wine in our hot car and one ended up opening itself – the whole car smelled of white wine. Luckily we weren’t stopped by the police!
The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire
– fooling around in the wineyards {see the whole look here}

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A friend of my boyfriend recommended having lunch at Le Chat which is a lovely restaurant by Laurent Chareau, who was a former sous-chef to Iñaki Aizpitarte of Paris’s Le Châteaubriand. The food was creative, delicious with reasonable prices. In fact, the lunch menu starts from 15€ main course + coffee / 19€ appetizer or dessert + main course / 24€ starter + main course + dessert or cheese variation + coffee / 27€ starter + main course + dessert + fromage + coffee. Plus they serve some great wine from the region! Definitely a must when you’re around this area!
The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire
– Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire
– drove by this gorgeous castle in the middle of nowhere

The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire

The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire

Lastly, we ended up buying some more wine at Vincent Bernard around Sancerre. We didn’t know that they also had a great red Sancerre. We picked up a few more bottles, which were much more expensive than the white ones from Pouilly. Count around 20€ per bottle. Apparently, they have such a great request that they only sell their wine to the old customers who they’ve been supplying from generation to generation. Given the fact that we’ve made all the way to their wineyard he sold us a couple of bottles. Super friendly also! Moreover, he told us that they don’t ship their wine in summertime because they’re afraid that the heat would destroy the quality of their wine. Therefore, they’re taking up shipping again in November.
The Golden Bun | Tour de France, wine tasting in the Bourgogne, vin en Bourgogne, Sancerre, Pouilly, Restaurant Le Chat à Cosne-sur-Loire

– what a beautiful scenery in La Charité-sur-Loire

All in all, it was such a lovely experience and hopefully the wine tastes as good as we’ve tried en France. I’m sure you’ve experienced that for example baguettes and croissants don’t taste the same outside of France.

Wish you a wonderful day!

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French roadtrip 2015 // Auvergne
photos – me & mon chéri

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