Sancerre, another great wine from this region

The white Sancerre wines are the jewels among the sauvignon blanc wines. A wine that can be found in restaurants all over the world. Originates from a small but special area around the town of Sancerre in the French Loire region. But what exactly is a this wine and what makes it so special?

HOW DOES SANCERRE GET ITS SPECIAL TASTE?
Sancerre white wines are made from the very popular Sauvignon Blanc grape. The protected area of origin where these Sauvignon Blanc vines are located makes this wine so special. Sancerre is located right in the east of the Loire region about 200 km south of Paris, so if you are in the area, drive a little further!

Sancerre wine

By the way, the Loire area is much larger than the relatively small Sancerre area. It runs from the Atlantic coast to the very centre of France. Because the area is so widespread, every wine region in the Loire has a different microclimate. There are three types of soil in this region. These differences in soil are all responsible for slight taste differences in the wine:

  • White clay with a high lime content produces wines with more body and spirit.
  • A soil covered with pebbles produces lighter wines
  • Soil with flint gives wines a mineral flavour.

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Have some Fresh daily bread (or pain) as our guests

One of the many great things in France is the daily fresh made bread. Croissants, baguettes or any other sorts smell and taste very good. But what do you do as B&B in the country and the nearest shop and bakery is 5 km away?

The local baker (boulanger) found a solution for the people here in Chateau du Bois,
and 3 times a week he delivers fresh bakings at your doorstep.

local baker for your fresh bread
local baker

You simply hang a big sac at your door, put in some money and tell him what you want next time. So once you started this schedule you’ll have fresh baguettes etc and so we can offer it to our guests at their breakfast!

Want to experience a good time in the French countryside? You’re welcome!

For the French, good bread is important. It has been around for a long time, long before the egyptians wore their molars on bread made of poorly ground flour with gravel and pebbles. The French bakers (boulangerie) bake many kinds. The daily quantity of bread is about 300 grams per capita.

croissants most famous French bread
fresh croissants, can you smell them?

French bread comes in many varieties, but one thing they all have in common is that most of them are fresh. Some French people use the old bakings the day after and soak it at breakfast in a big ball of coffee, and the children take a big ball of chocolate milk instead… also with that old bread. Smart thinking, isn’t it? The modern Frenchman is a bit smarter and just gets fresh bread for breakfast in the morning, and the kids do it with cornflakes and all that.

Loire Centre, some wines to cherish (and drink!)

The Centre is the Loire basin from south to north, from the Côtes du Forez and Côtes d’Auvergne plateaus to the Orléanais where the Loire at Orleans slopes towards the Atlantique.
In the south on the plateaus, the grapes grow on volcanic basalt and granite soils. Here they make original wines from the Gamay, sometimes in combination with Pinot Noir.
Further north on the slopes and in the river valleys of Indre, Cher, Allier and Loire, the grapes mainly grow on sand, gravel and limestone soils. Here they make the crisp and clear Sauvignon wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, but also in the less known AOC’s of Quincy and Reuilly.

Loire wines from the centre area


Originally, Pinot Noir was the most important grape here. After the Phylloxera Vastatrix in 1870, it was mainly the strong Sauvignon that was planted to produce excellent Loire wines on this terroir.
Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Quincy and Reuilly are now mainly known for their Sauvignon Blanc but fortunately there are still red and rosé wines made from Pinot Noir and in Reuilly they make a delicate rosé from the Pinot Gris.
In the Orléanais, very different grapes play the leading role. Here they make fresh fruity wines from Chardonnay and the ‘Champagne grape’ Pinot Meunier, a real surprise.

AOC’s Orléans, Orléans-Cléry, Coteaux du Giennois, Pouilly Fumé, Pouilly sur Loire, Sancerre, Menetou Salon, Quincy, Reuilly, Châteaumeillant, Côte du Forez, Saint Pourçain and Côtes d’Auvergne.

In half an hour you may drive from the B&B towards the Loire and see what wines are produced there. Check the calendar for available rooms.

Travel to Nievre, Burgundy, find these hidden gems.

A department in the central region of France, Nievre, was created during the French revolution. It is a rural area with a low population, which makes it ideal for tourism. You can visit it to experience the authentic French vibe.

What to see in Nievre, Burgundy

There are several tourist sites that you can visit here in Nievre. From historically significant places to newly established regions, Nievre has a lot to offer. The following are just a few of the top tourist destinations that you should not miss.

Ducal palace in Nievre Burgundy
Photo credit: Traditionalist

Ducal Palace

This is an old palace constructed during the renaissance period of France. The tour to this place would take you back to history, and you would be able to enjoy the old touch that this palace gives to the whole department. Its magnificent structure is undoubtedly going to leave you amazed.

canal du Nivernais in Nievre
Photo credit: Francetoday.com

Cruise the Canal du Nivernais

Canal du Nivernais constantly ranks as one of the best kept-secrets of Nievre. The canal today is used for recreational craft but offer plenty of boat-hiring options. Cruising here is truly an amazing way to explore Nievre. The cruise starts in Auxerre and take you through the stunning hamlets, villages and hundreds of years old vineyards.

Photo credit: Nievre Tourism

Château de Villemolin

Château de Villemolin is a beautiful castle that is converted into a house. The castle was built in the 14th century and remodeled in the 17th and 19th centuries. It was owned by La Corcelle family and has always been passed down by inheritance. If you look at the castle from far away, it looks like a horseshow with three towers surrounded by centuries old buildings.

Restaurants to Visit

Your budge is the most important thing when choosing a restaurant to eat in. We have listed the most affordable places you can eat in and enjoy the true French style of cooking for your ease. Some of these might be close to Nievre, so you can easily reach them too.

Creperie in Nevers capital of Nievre
Photo credit: Creperie Le Goemon

Creperie Le Goemon

Another great choice for you is the Creperie Le Goemon. It offers French cuisine and serves lunches and dinners. One of the best things about this restaurant is its vegetarian-friendly diet, which allows people not to compromise their values. You would experience the taste of France while also being kind to your pockets.

Photo credit: La Simplicité

La Simplicité

If you are interested in trying out France’s local food, you should pay a visit to this place. It brings vegetarian-friendly food to the table and has some amazing variety. The cuisines presented here are French and European, both of which are made with absolute care. In case you are late for dinner, you can still visit this place as it offers late-night meals as well. You would not be disappointed by the service of this restaurant.

Getting Around

Well, to get around this department, you can rent a car. You can pick up these cars easily after declaring the number of passengers that would be sitting inside. These cars are available from 10 AM onwards and can be used to explore the place at your own pace.

You’re welcome to book your room in our B&B and enjoy this part of France.

Read nice reviews about the B&B Nievre France

We’re now a month in France and we’ve already had several guests for our Bed and Breakfast and it’s been very insightful. We received some very uasable feedback and the guests were very happy with their stay here. On Google you may find some reviews, here are a few (in Dutch)

“Rust, ruimte heerlijke bedden en bovenal genoten van een fantastische gastvrij verblijf door Joyce en GJ. ‘s Nachts echt stil en donker! Uniek voor ons als Nederlanders.”

and

“Een heerlijke week gehad in een prachtige omgeving bij super lieve en zorgzame mensen. Joyce en GJ, enorm bedankt voor jullie gastvrijheid en heel veel succes met jullie B&B. Wij kunnen het iedereen aanraden in elk geval. Chablis, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé en het Bourgondische eten maken het tot een heerlijk weekje vakantie!”

b&b in Chateau du Bois Burgundy read the reviews

““Ons verblijf was als een warm bad. Na de vriendelijke ontvangst door Joyce, GJ en Pluto (labradoedel) werden we via de voor gasten beschikbare salon (boeken, spelletjes, tv en gezellig zitje) naar onze comfortabele kamer geleid. ’s Avonds konden we mee-eten: heerlijk met wijn van de streek. Over wijn gesproken: we hebben gebruik gemaakt van het aanbod van GJ om ons onder zijn begeleiding te “verdiepen” in de Pouilly-Fumé. Het museum en de aansluitende proeverij waren een prachtige verdere kennismaking met de regio.”

As you may understand, we’re very happy with this reviews and we hope that you feel the same way when visiting us in this beautiful part of Nievre, France.

Check the calendar to find available dates.

The name Chateau du Bois comes from a time when there actually was a castle in this area but that burnt down long time ago and no one really knows the spot.

The B&B is now official ours

Today we signed the final contract so the building is official ours so we’re more than ever open for business.

When you are interested to stay in the French countryside in one of our nice bedrooms and enjoy a good breakfast, check the calendar and let us know when you want to come.

one of the walls Bed and breakfast (B&B) Nievre
this heart is created in the building

When you are interested in wine: we are located at 1/2 hour drive from the Loire and in this area are a lot of fine vineyards to visit, taste some wine and buy some! We’re close to Auxerre, capital of the famous Chablis wine.

Hope to see you soon!

Burgundy France and why?

Burgundy likely could be prestigious for its wine – with towns, for example, Chablis and Nuits-St-Georges known all through the world – yet provincial Burgundy has significantly more to offer. Renaissance chateaux, medieval convents and braced towns all stand declaration to the vivid history of this lesser-known locale of France.

For what reason do such a significant number of British holidaymakers speed southwards, to Provence and the Dordogne, when they could be getting a charge out of one of France’s most overwhelming territories?

Burgundy has history every step of the way. This was at one time an impressive duchy that was more remarkable than France itself. In its prime, its domain extended as far north as Holland and as far eastwards as Flanders. The dukes of Burgundy spent a fortune improving their capital, Dijon. The city – nowadays a rich common community – stays one of the district’s most noteworthy draws.

Burgundy’s history extends significantly further into the past. Ridge towns and market towns are decorated with the absolute most brilliant Romanesque structures in Europe. The basilica of Vezelay, the monastery of Cluny and the deserted Fontenay Abbey are among the must-see sights.

The area likewise brags some France’s most fantastic palaces. House d’Ancy le Franc is styled on the Italian Renaissance; Chateau de Cormatin is a special survivor from the days prior to the upset. Furthermore, there are scores of other, more close palaces.

At Burgundy’s country heart lies the Morvan National Park, 1,000 square miles of pristine ferocity. It’s dabbed with lakes and beautiful towns, a considerable lot of which have family-run brasseries in their tree-concealed squares. You could go to the Morvan to escape from the world. What better approach to while away the warmth of the day than with a chunk of natively constructed pate and a glass of chill Puligny-Montrachet?

Regardless of whether there were no chronicled ponders in Burgundy, the gastronomic food would be reason enough to occasion here. Boeuf bourguignon is the area’s mark dish yet there are scores of other neighborhood specialities. One of France’s most commended cheeses, Epoisses, originates from a flawless little town of a similar name (total with meandering aimlessly medieval mansion). Local people will demand you wash down the cheddar with a glass of vielles vignes (old plant) Chablis.

Burgundy France B&B

The main downside to a vacation in Burgundy is that you hazard getting back bigger and heavier than when you showed up. Except if, obviously, you consume off those calories with an energetic climb over the desolate pinnacles of the southern Morvan.

Simply be cautious when you stop for a rest: in summer, the slopes are canvassed in a thick floor covering of wild blueberries.

When to go

Most holidaymakers visit in summer months when it’s commonly sweltering and dry. In any case, the continuous daylight of southern France isn’t ensured. It can rain, even in July. The climate cools recognizably in late-August: nearby winemakers cast on edge looks at the sky and tut-tut at the surging mists. By early September, you start to smell pre-winter noticeable all around.

Burgundy has given its name to the area’s most dynamite item, the nearby wines. Be that as it may, it has significantly more to offer than fine vintages. At its heart is Dijon, once capital of the strong dukes of Bourgogne.

Numerous sights are inside an hour’s drive from here: sustained medieval towns, Renaissance palaces, the remnants of Cluny Abbey and the quiet Canal de Nivernais. There’s likewise the untainted Morvan National Park, incredible for climbing, cycling and drifting.

Check our calendar here and find an available date for your trip!

Chablis: a famous wine from this region

Chablis is the northernmost region in Burgundy. It lies approximately 20 miles southeast of Champagne’s southernmost point and has been nicknamed The Golden Gate. That’s because anyone visiting Burgundy from Paris or Champagne must travel through Chablis first.

Physically separated from the rest of Burgundy, Chablis sits almost by itself and has remained pretty independent from the rest of Burgundy.

Chablis is the coolest wine-growing region in Burgundy. Due to Burgundy’s location in the relative center of France, its climate is not influenced much by the Atlantic or the Mediterranean.

The biggest hazard to each vintage is the looming possibility of sudden temperature drops in the spring that create late frost. That is detrimental to vine maturation. Frost can kill a vintage before it has even begun.

Even though, as a whole, Chablis is mostly made up of calcareous chalky clay, the most important soil type for classic Chablis is KimmeridgianKimmeridgian is a soil that consists of decomposed fossilized sea shells, which help the wines attain the beautiful delicate minerality that they are most well known for.

Chablis is best known for its austere, bone-dry Chardonnays. However, there are differences in the wines made here, which vary from producer to producer.

chablis made from chardonnay grapes

Classic Chablis has always been a wine of almost pale straw color with greenish-silver hues, delicate pear and green apple aromas, high minerality and razor-sharp malic acidity (although Chablis is not put through malolacticfermentation). It typically needs a few years in the bottle to mellow out. The wine is traditionally fermented in large neutral oak casks (known here asfeuillettes) and bottled early to maintain its minerality and freshness. But nowadays, even producers of the classic style use stainless steel to ferment their wines instead of the traditional oak. Some people say that these wines are true classic Chablis, although that is not necessarily true. The region has been producing wine for much longer than steel has been used in wine production. However, if style describes the flavor profile, then Chablis made in stainless steel are typical examples of the classic style: bone-dry, high acid, tons of minerality – an all-out assault on the palate…

However, there are producers who are opting for a more modern, international style of Chablis with higher levels of oak. These producers inducemalolactic fermentation, a process that converts malic acid to lactic acid and creates a more buttery acidity instead of the green apple acidity associated with malic acid.

Chablis

From the bed and breakfast it’s about an hour’s drive and if you don’t want to drive yourself we could take you there. It’s close to Auxerre which is also worthwhile a visit.

Read about the Sancerre, an onther great wine of the Loire.

Wine will be one of the themes of our B&B

On August 27th we’re leaving Holland and we’ll move to our new house in Entrains sur Nohain in Nievre France. It’s only 750 km but the changes will be huge.

We’re really looking forward to start a new episode in our lives and since all friends and family support us very much, we have all the confidence in the world we’ll succeed.

First thing to do in France is checking out all the beautiful vineyards of the Loire and prepare some wine routes (like Chablis) to offer to our guests (if they like that).