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 eat



L'Hélianthe

Address: Ruelle Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant
Tel: 02 41 51 22 28 
Web: www.restaurant-helianthe.fr
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:13:21N (47.22255)    Longitude: 0:1:36E (0.02674) 

The restaurant is in the troglodyte house where Antoine Cristal, the 'father' of the wines of Saumur, was born in October 1837. Arnaud Montais, the chef, specialises in using traditional vegetables and fish from the Loire and the wine list, organised by Jean-Claude Loussouarn, is entirely Loire.

Useful information: No fixed menus. Main courses: €14.80. Open April - mid November every day except Wednesday; from mid-November to end of March it is open from Friday night to Sunday night only. Closed all January.


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