France: Loire Valley

Around Nantes

Muscadet and the Vendée
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2011
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Château d’Yseron

Address: 44330 Vallet
Tel: 06 10 76 54 28 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:10:54N (47.18159)    Longitude: 1:14:8W (-1.23560) 

Elegant quarters in the château, built in the Directoire style. (The Directoire ruled France from 1795 to 1799.) The property used to belong to the Benedictine order. The monks left in 1750 and in 1830 it was bought by Olivier's grandfather, who built the current château. Olivier, who used to sell TGVs and other forms of transport in the USA and Canada, is now retired. He has impeccable English but is happy to speak French. There are three individual en-suite bedrooms and one suite, with two adjoining bedrooms sharing a shower room and separate WC. The estate has 10ha of vines – making Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine and a bottle-fermented sparkling wine from a blend of Melon de Bourgogne and Chardonnay.

Useful information: Rooms: €90-€120 including breakfast. Wi-Fi.

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