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July 11, 2021

The Maison des Sancerres!!!

And I am staying around Sancerre, this time with more time to see things than in the past. My last minute road warrior idea of a vacation took off by car in 5h25 to the beautiful Sancerre  in the Cher dept 18 of the region of Centre Val de Loire! Again, all around this is wine country but I will give something more new pictures. Hope you enjoy it as we did!!

I have enjoy the trip here and will look forward to be back. As done several posts here in Sancerre where we were base and also Bourges (see posts). However, there are some sights that will do apart on a single post as think they deserve special attention. This is the case of the Maison des Sancerre!

As I have said in previous post, I came here very early on around 2005 with a group of co-workers just to stop by the Maison des Sancerre. It was a quick trip but the memories lingered. As we were trying to figure out where to go next in our road warrior trips, we decided last minute to come to Sancerre. It was nice, we love it, and gave me time to really see the Maison des Sancerre; the wines of the region house.

The wonderful Maison des Sancerre was before becoming this house-museum, this beautiful building of blond stones served as the home of a certain Lord Herry, as indicated by the mention of the register of parishes in the city: The Lord Herry, having sold his large house in the rue de la Paix, to the Comte de Sancerre, had to build another important home near Saint-Jean. Built at the end of the 15C on the foundations of a 12C.

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This house benefited from the mobilization of nearly 400 Sancerre winegrowers who restored and refurbished it to make it the Maison des Sancerres. A house dedicated … to wine! We love it here and tasted great Sancerres at the end of the museum tour. It has change a lot since my first visit back several years!!!

And the anecdote was that the lady at the counter for the admission tickets (8€) and the wine tasting lives in Barcelona, working here on an assignment job and was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba!! Amazing indeed!!!

Once inside you go thru a circuit of 8 stages showcasing the whole of the Sancerre wines from terroir to vinification.  Stage 1 is the cellars of lands or cave des terroirs. Stage 2 is the land or the Soils. Stage 3 is the périscope with a view of 360 degrees.Stage 4 is the wall or the mur of Sancerre with a video presentation. Stage 5 is the cuve or how red wine is made.Stage 6 is the Cinema D4, sitting in a chair it moves up down sides like a star wars ride thru the vineyards! Stage 7 is the S’Pace showing the making of wine from the grape up! And stage 8 is the aromatic garden or the jardin des Sancerre with plants showing the smell of the vineyard and sauvignon blanc grape plants!!

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At the next step is the tasting from several bottles and years which can be done inside or on the terrace in the garden. The tasting is included in the admission price; however, you can ask for more with additional charges like 4 wines for 13€.We tried the cailloux soil white delicious and the older vintage 2014 nicely given by the host.Last is the boutique with all kinds of items wine related but also from local artists. In all worth the stop by all.

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Due to the pandemic, the visits are done by appt in different times starting about 11h to 17h15 and for 2021 the Maison des Sancerre is open from March 29th to November 14.

The Sancerre tourist office on the Maison des Sancerrehttps://www.tourisme-sancerre.com/patrimoine-culturel/la-maison-des-sancerre-sancerre/

Again, the Berry province local tourist office on the Maison des Sancerreshttps://www.berryprovince.com/patrimoine-culturel/la-maison-des-sancerre-sancerre/

As this is strongly related to wines let me give some webpages on the wines of Sancerre!

The Loire Valley AOC on Sancerrehttps://loirevalleywine.com/appellation/sancerre/

The more specific Central Loire Valley on wines of Sancerre: https://www.vins-centre-loire.com/en/1/62/APPELLATION-SANCERRE.html?accept=1

There you go folks, a dandy in Sancerre to visit first before heading to the winemakers! We had a good time here and as said above, a nice encounter indeed! Hope you enjoy our visit to the Maison des Sancerre and reading my posts on the town. Until next time….

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 11, 2021

The Château de Sancerre!!

And I am staying around Sancerre, this time with more time to see things than in the past. My last minute road warrior idea of a vacation took off by car in 5h25 to the beautiful Sancerre  in the Cher dept 18 of the region of Centre Val de Loire! Again, all around this is wine country but I will give something more new pictures. Hope you enjoy it as we did!!

I have enjoy the trip here and will look forward to be back. As done several posts here in Sancerre where we were base and also Bourges (see posts). However, there are some sights that will do apart on a single post as think they deserve special attention. This is the case of the Château de Sancerre and its tour!!

The Château de Sancerre  was one of the strongest medieval castles built in France. It was the seat of the Counts of Sancerre whose family members were Grand Officers of the Kingdom of France: like Louis de Sancerre, Constable of France. The future Charles VII and Joan of Arc stayed at the castle of Sancerre, then a strategic place on the border of the kingdom of Bourges. Few traces of its fortifications remain: only foundations, cellars or parts of ramparts. The site of the old castle is now occupied by a Louis XII style mansion dated 1874, and a private park, owned by the Société Marnier-Lapostolle. (grand marnier among other wines etc). In 1919, Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, the inventor of the Grand Marnier liqueur, out of love for his hometown, bought the Château de Sancerre and part of the vines. He transforms the old outbuildings of the castle into cellars and develops his vineyard, while actively contributing to the reputation of this wine. Today, the vineyard covers 56 hectares and is the only Sancerre wine that can be marketed under the exclusive name of “Château de Sancerre”. The castle is visited by appt and to see the cellars; which is where we like, wines!

The roads of the Loire wines for tours of the castle and tastings in English: https://www.laroutedesvinsdeloire.fr/en/parcours/chateau-de-sancerre/

The official Château de Sancerre webpage: https://www.chateaudesancerre.fr/

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The Tour des fiefs , Place du Connetable (next to the castle). The Tower of the Fiefs has 195 steps; which I did gloriously, and a height of 40 meters, this last vestige of the old feudal castle offers a beautiful panoramic view of Sancerre and its region; the back is adorned with a magnificent wisteria planted in 1903. The castle was dismantle in 1621 after the last revolt against the king. The Tour des Fiefs, one of the last vestiges of the castle of the Counts of Sancerre, is a cylindrical keep, dating from the end of the 14C, located at the top of the hill. Flanked by a spiral stone staircase, it houses on the ground floor a private museum containing armor and cannonballs, witnesses of the period of the siege of 1573. On the 1st floor is an 18C chapel. The castle of the Counts of Sancerre and the city walls were demolished in 1621.

More on the tour des fiefs in the Sancerre tourist office in English: https://www.tourisme-sancerre.com/patrimoine-culturel/tour-des-fiefs-sancerre/

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As this is strongly related to wines let me give some webpages on the wines of Sancerre!

The Loire Valley AOC on Sancerrehttps://loirevalleywine.com/appellation/sancerre/

The more specific Central Loire Valley on wines of Sancerrehttps://www.vins-centre-loire.com/en/1/62/APPELLATION-SANCERRE.html?accept=1

There you go folks, a wonderful historical and architecturally stunning castle right in the town of Sancerre! The Château de Sancerre is a nice property and great wines to say the least. Hope you enjoy this tour in my blog ; thank you for reading me since November 2010!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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July 11, 2021

Church Notre Dame of Sancerre!!

And I am staying around Sancerre, this time with more time to see things than in the past. My last minute road warrior idea of a vacation took off by car in 5h25 to the beautiful Sancerre  in the Cher dept 18 of the region of Centre Val de Loire! Again, all around this is wine country but I will give something more new pictures. Hope you enjoy it as we did!!

I have enjoy the trip here and will look forward to be back. As done several posts here in Sancerre where we were base and also Bourges (see posts). However, there are some sights that will do apart on a single post as think they deserve special attention. This is the case of the Church Notre Dame of Sancerre!!

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The Church Notre Dame located in the Place Du Beffroy, dates from the 17-19C. The church is built on the site of the Saint John chapel destroyed by the collapse of the belfry spire. Begun between 1658 and 1662, at the initiative of Abbé Gouru, who financed the land out of his own funds, construction stopped when he died. It was not until 1754 that construction resumed. The church was consecrated in 1762, but was not completed until 1777. Under the French revolution, the church was sold as a temple of reason and was used for new celebrations and ceremonies. The statues are broken and replaced by the busts of the revolutionary leaders such as Marat, Robespierre, Baras and Le Pelletier surrounding the altar where the Statue of Liberty stood. The church was extended in 1865 by two bays towards the apse. Its facade is redone. Inside, the Saint Vincent Chapel was repainted in 1966. The whole was restored in 1980. The narthex is closed by glass doors. The Chapel of the Blessed Virgin was restored in 1998, during the Marian year. The church consists of a nave and side aisles, an attached belfry serving as a bell tower. Much nicer inside indeed!!

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The vault of the nave and the aisles will be redone in 1836. A tribune is built north of the nave, around 1840. At this time new furniture will be acquired to replace the desecrated furniture and partly destroyed during the revolutionary period. In 1853, the leveling of the square required the construction of a step in front of the main door. The church, which had become too small to contain the faithful, was enlarged in 1867 with two bays were added to the nave, closed by an apse and two apses.  The facade was redone in 1895. It is the old Hôtel de ville-Belfry built in 1509 which serves as its bell tower. We can notice that there are only statues of men to the right and left of the statues of women, apart from the parish priest. Ditto for the left stained glass which represent saintes and the right stained glass windows which represent Saints.

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One of the nice monument of Sancerre not to be missed me think. Hope you enjoy the Church Notre Dame of Sancerre!!

The Diocese of Bourges and parish of Sancerre on the churchhttps://www.diocese-bourges.org/paroisses/doyenne-de-sauldre-loire/paroisse-de-sancerre

There are really little information on this church online and not on the tourist office..nor city! ..However, i took brochures in the tourist office and the church with a bit more information which I have translated here. Really, need more exposure is a nice Notre Dame Church of Sancerre!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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