France: Loire Valley

West of Tours and Saumur

The wines of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 19 April 2011
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Places to stay

Ami Chenin

Address: 37 Rue de Beaulieu, 49400 Saumur
Tel: 02 41 38 13 17 or 06 68 05 57 98 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:14:45N (47.24585)     Longitude: -0:2:24W (-0.04002)  

As the name suggests, this three-room chambres d’hôtes is run by fans of Chenin Blanc – France and Xavier Amat. This is a spectacular semi-troglodyte house and the Amats are very welcoming. Xavier holds tastings of the local appellations and also can organize visits to local vignerons and offers a number of wines for sale. He makes a small amount of Chenin himself.

Useful information: Rooms: €75-€85 including breakfast. Evening meal (by reservation): €25 per person.

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