France: Loire Valley

Central Vineyards of the Loire

The wines of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and their neighbours
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2011
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La Côte des Monts Damnés ©BrettJones

La Côte des Monts Damnés

Address: 18300 Chavignol
Tel: 02 48 54 01 72 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:20:15N (47.33746)     Longitude: 2:47:45E (2.79581)  

There is no question that this is my favourite restaurant in the Sancerre – Pouilly area. Chef Jean-Marc Bourgeois is in the kitchen, while Karine, his wife, looks after the small but charming dining room. Jean-Marc’s speciality tagliatelle de crottin au beurre de Muscade, which is made from fresh goats’ cheese with a nutmeg butter, is a sensational first course. Other memorable dishes include risotto with oysters and crab in a cool light creamy white bean sauce. Best list of wines from Chavignol I know, as well as a good selection of other wines from Sancerre and from Pouilly. There are often old vintages from Cotat on the list – well worth trying. There are only around 30 covers, so booking recommended. In the same building is a casual bistro, which is open every day. Following nearly a year’s construction work Jean-Marc and Karine Bourgeois opened their new luxury hotel behind the restaurant in summer 2008. There is a range of 12 attractive rooms, which are well appointed and comfortable, with free Wi-Fi. This is now definitely the best hotel in the area.

Useful information: Menus: €32.50-€56. Closed: Sunday night, Monday except in the summer, Tuesday night and all day Wednesday. Bistrot open daily with menus at €11.90 lunch and €17.90 dinner. Rooms €95-€170.

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