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February 12, 2023

Wines news of Spain VII

We are fully in Winter 2023, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you my wines news of Spain VII !! Of course post No 7 for the non Romans,,,

The estimate of national wine consumption closes 2022 with a drop of 8.2% compared to 2021, standing at 9.54 million hectoliters. The Monthly Economic Report of the OIVE (Interprofessional Wine of Spain) reported.

Vega de Yuso, in the modern heart of the Ribera del Duero and just 20 years old, this family winery displays wines made for relaxation and enjoyment. It is located in Quintanilla de Onésimo, province of Valladolid, in the heart of the Golden Mile of the Ribera del Duero, Currently there are 22 hectares of own vineyards that the winery dominates, which covers some of the best estates of Quintanilla de Onésimo, Olivares de Duero and Valbuena de Duero, Some of its best wines are the TresMatas Crianza which represents the banner of the house. It stands out for its elegance and structure, and is made from vineyards between 25 and 45 years old and is aged for at least 18 months in barrels. Made from vines that are almost half a century old, TresMatas Reserva is 100% Tempranillo, aged for 26 months in French oak barrels, complex and with a very elegant structure, it offers unique aromas and minerals with toasted notes contributed by the aging in cask. TresMatas Vendimia Seleccionada is only made in exceptional vintages, with grapes from El Hostal, a single estate over 55 years old and at an altitude of 850 meters. It is selected at harvest in 15 kg boxes manually, and it is aged in high-end extra-fine grain French barrels for at least 24 months. An expressive, structured and complex signature wine, suitable for all palates. good ! Webpage:

Montecillo is the third oldest winery in La Rioja. And must add one of my all time favorite for many years. It was founded in 1870 in Fuenmayor by Celestino Navajas, thanks to an inheritance that his wife had received. But the great leap came later, around 1920, when his grandson José Luis , who was the true winemaker of the family, and returned from studying in Burgundy and brought innovative techniques. It is when the winery becomes number one nationally and internationally and that allows them to acquire some wonderful estates, such as the Montecillo, which was bought in 1919 and led to the name change for a house that was then called Viuda de Celestino Navajas. It was also when Viña Monty was born as a top-of-the-range reserve red, with a Burgundian bottle and a name in Spanglish that in the end was very successful. When Osborne appeared, a family business with a long winemaking tradition created in 1772, with all its know-how, well, he thought that this time he would. In 1973 the agreement was closed whereby Osborne took over the winery and the vineyard. The first investment was very powerful and the new Navarrete plant was built with tanks to produce up to eight million kilos of grapes and a park of 20,000 barrels. And in 1975 ,they did the first harvest. Montecillo Reserva withTempranillo and Mazuelo, Viña Monty Tinto Reserva with Garnacha, and Viña MontyTinto Reserva with Graciano grapes. Webpage:

The Finca Monastasia was born, a project that, among other things, honors the queen grape of the D.O.P. Jumilla: the Monastrell. In the foothills of the Sierra del Madroño is the old winery building, in the process of being enlarged. Although they make a Syrah monovarietal and incorporate up to 25% between Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot to one of their most special wines, Monastrell it represents 75% of the total between the vineyard they own and the one they control. Cerro Blanco is a local wine made up of 75% Monastrell accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah from the vineyard that surrounds the winery, in the area called Cañada del Cerro Blanco, Finca Monastasia Pie Franco, comes from a single plot of calcareous soil planted on bare foot, no less than 70 years old, in the town of Fuenteálamo. Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks while both malolactic and aging, which lasts around 12 months, are done in 500-liters French oak barrels. There is concentration of black fruit, but the balsamic profile and the depth with which it is expressed excites. It is mineral, floral, fleshy and tasty, voluminous and above all fine. There are only 4,500 bottles of the 2021 vintage. Webpage :

The Bodega Pagos del Rey, which in less than two decades has reached the sales podium of the Ribera del Duero was how the winery, linked from its origin to Valdepeñas (Madrid) , decided to grow in other DOs. It is in 2002 when Pagos del Rey was born, an expansion project whose first step was the construction of a winery under the DO Ribera del Duero, which would be the cradle of the Altos de Tamarón brand. Altos de Tamarón among the two wineries with the highest volume in the DO Ribera del Duero. According to data from the Nielsen consultancy, it would have been in this position with a production of more than two million bottles. The brand operates in a segment between 5 and 18 euros, and excellent made. The German contest ‘Frankfurt International Trophy’ recognized Altos de Tamarón Gran Reserva 2014 as the Best Spanish Wine, in a competition where 3,740 wines were tasted. The ribera from the Pagos del Rey winery has been awarded for its personality and uniqueness, as it is made with grapes from old vineyards in Olmedillo de Roa. Webpage :

The wineries of the Qualified Designation of Origin (D.O.Ca) Rioja, the only one of its kind in Spain, which means higher quality requirements. This is characteristic of the 1,000 wines it produces in 144 towns in La Rioja (118), Álava (18) and Navarra (8), distributed among the 100 km that separate Haro, the westernmost, from Alfaro, the easternmost. Divided into three zones, Rioja Alavesa, Alta and Oriental, the D.O.Ca and its 567 wineries, in which 14,800 winegrowers work is governed by a Regulatory Council, There are plenty of programs to bring children into the world of wines and these are some of the best me think.

There are more and more family wine tourism activities such as those offered by Bodega Campo Viejo, just 5 km from Logroño. In them the children enjoy the stomping of grapes, stories with characters related to wine, gymkhanas among the vineyards, toy libraries where they learn the basic concepts of the sector or pumpkin or bottle painting workshops. while they tour the facilities, including one of the largest barrel rooms in the world, with space for around 70,000.

The itinerary through the territory of the D.O.Ca continues at the Bodega CVNE, in the emblematic neighborhood of Estación de Haro, considered the capital of Rioja wine. It even organizes a children’s festival, Viñart, with music, creativity games around oenology, cookie courses in the form of clusters, storytelling such as El viaje del Tempranillo, a grape without equal or gymkhanas among the vineyards while some children perform workshops with corks and personalize bottle labels with drawings.

Bodegas Vivanco in Briones, also located in Rioja Alta, where they promote handicrafts and interactive games involving grape treading, collecting vineyard leaves to create a tapestry and a kind of basketball to dunk grapes into harvest baskets. The activities are part of the guided tour adapted to the little ones of its Wine Culture Museum, the largest in the world dedicated to oenology (4,000 m2), which brings together original pieces by Picasso, Dalí and Warhol, as well as a collection of vines with more than 220 varieties from all over the planet.

We go to the Eastern Rioja to visit the Bodega Faustino Rivero Ulecia, where children participate in a must tasting with their parents, and those of the Marqués de Reinosa, where they are shown the development of a vine in each of its stages. In Fincas de Azabache they see a short film and, following it, they play hide-and-seek within the facilities until they find the talisman stone. Once found, they receive a gift that they assemble by hand. In Rioja Alavesa, for its part, there is Valdemar, where the entire family can make their own wines and musts. The little ones receive a kit for it, in addition to tasting jellies made with a light touch of wine as a sweet climax.

And if you want to try the best wines of all over Spain in one spot, then I recommend you , Berria ,one of the gastronomic spaces in Madrid that best stages the passion for wine. A modern temple, in a privileged location, where the wine world can be enjoyed from a ‘wine bar’ with tables, a terrace and its cellars on view. These house a selection of whites, reds, sparkling, generous and sweet wines from all over the world. Behind its bar, there is also a space reserved for the verticals of large wineries in Spain and abroad. All this materializes in the possibility of enjoying more than a hundred wines by the glass and personalized advice from its sommeliers. On February 14 2023, there will be a special menu (100 euros) at noon and in the evening. Brioche with jowls and caviar, onion soup, salpicón, sole meunière, ‘steak tartare’ and desserts such as apple pie, ‘petit four’ and cheeses. Located at the Plaza de la Independencia, 6 next to the Puerta de Alcalà arch, Webpage :

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news from Spain VII as I

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

February 12, 2023

Wines news of France XLIII !!

Well, we are fully in Winter, we are now 10C or about 50F clear skies in my neck of the woods. Anyway, always good to bring the best of Wines news of France. By the way for the non Romans XLIII is no 43, First ,thanks to all my readers and/or followers since November 26 2010 of my blog! Oh yeah, the wines of France are just super simply awesome and a great tradition. Often imitated, some time equaled ,but never surpass! Let me give you some news shall we. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Who says Valentine’s Day, says candlelit dinner between lovers , Some of my favorite dishes over the years sadly won’t be having any as no mom nor wife around;but happy Valentine’s Day to all who can, Duck à l’orange is one of those recipes with a sweet and sour flavor, like duck with peaches or cherries, specific to bourgeois cuisine. This type of association where the flesh rubs shoulders with the sweet/salty prohibits an overly classic choice. duck à l’orange calls for the sweetness of a sweet or syrupy white wine, which will be able to titillate the orange and, at the same time, blend with the sweetness of the sauce. The lobster is playful and the options for tuning it are quite numerous. It often depends on the sauce that accompanies it. In this case, it is the peat, present in this lobster sauce, which makes the bridge. The smoke is exacerbated and brings, especially on the finish, a lot of complexity and length to the encounter. If you do not have this wine, the sauce imposes an oxidative type wine which can absorb the peaty side of the dish. However, we must not switch to too pronounced a rancio. A savagnin is of course the best solution, because its natural acidity sets it admirably on the lobster and its sauce. The delicate flesh of the scallop goes wonderfully well with white wines, but also champagnes and certain red wines. A brut or non-dosed champagne with a very clean taste and a very fine bubble, will go beautifully with raw scallops, for example. It is necessary at all costs to avoid sugar and champagnes filled with large bubbles.

In the film Saint-Amour, with Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde, the AOC Saint-Amour makes its cinema. But do you really know this name? Here, everything breathes romance. Starting with the name of the village, Saint-Amour , which owes its name to a certain Amor. A Roman legionary whose statue naturally stands next to the church. The full name of the town is Saint-Amour-Bellevue. And indeed the view is superb. The town is 20 km south of Mâcon, at the northern entrance to the Beaujolais Wine Route. Here, they produce red wines with 2 different typicities. Depending on whether the maceration is short or longer, they obtain light and aromatic wines that can be consumed soon after harvest, or more robust and tannic wines that can be kept for 4 to 5 years. Saint-Amour is obviously the quintessential Valentine’s Day wine. The proof: almost a quarter of the production is tasted on February 14. Yes traditions forever…..Saint Amour appellation webpage:

The Bordeaux vineyard loves rumors ! Indeed, The Château Haut-Bailly is up for sale, But when there is a rumors something is in talks for real ,,, Will the property slip through the fingers of its president, Véronique Sanders? Robert “Bob” G. Wilmers, who died in 2017, passed the baton to his son Chris Wilmers. The father was a finance whiz, his offspring is an environmental expert. The estate is experiencing a form of golden age. They are able to offer a vertical of twenty-five successive vintages of which they are proud, including of course the 2007 or the 2013, which few winegrowers can claim in Bordeaux”. Haut-Bailly’s secret? Soft power, only apparent lightness. Stay tune for more…..Webpage:

The Château Chasse-Spleen expands with the acquisition of the 35 hectares of its neighbor Château Brillette of 35 hectares of vines right next door, thus providing the estate with a fourth hilltop of gravel, one of those heaps of pebbles that are so successful with Vitis vinifera and whose grapes will go to the vats of Château Chasse-Spleen (104 ha). This pretty piece of Médoc, one of the flagship properties of the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation, is not listed in the 1855 classification, simply because Chasse-Spleen was created in 1863, but some people refer to it as a honorary Saint-Julien, yes. The grape variety is classic, dominated by Cabernet-Sauvignon. Two hectares of Sémillon and Cabernet Blanc are reserved for white wine. Vinification is carried out in an underground vat room, a concrete structure erected in 1964 which continues to fulfill its function. On average, the estate produces 25,000 cases (300,000 bottles) of its premier wine, 85,000 bottles of Oratoire de Chasse-Spleen and the equivalent of its Heritage. A production that will be boosted with the acquisition of Château Brillette. More concentration in Bordeaux and it will continue for economics of course, Webpage:!/home

Transforming wine into pure alcohol to make perfume or hydroalcoholic gel has not happened in France since the pandemic. The State will spend up to 160 million euros to destroy wine surpluses and stem the drop in prices. So much so that winegrowers are wondering how to store the next harvest, because the French are drinking less and less wine: From 130 liters per year per inhabitant, 70 years ago and now 40 liters according to FNSEA , Also, the Association Générale de la Production Viticole (AGPV), which brings together all the wine-growing areas and the vine sector in France. Red wines are particularly affected, with -15% sales in French supermarkets in 2022. Whites and rosés are doing better, with a much more moderate decline (around -3 or -4%). The last distillation campaign dates back to 2020, to eliminate surpluses due to the drop in consumption caused by Covid-19. Trends of now and the future, better choose right, See my posts….

After the Quai d’Orsay for the kick-off, the Hôtel de Ville for the flight. It is in this beautiful setting in the heart of Paris that the list of the 17 semi-finalists of the Best Sommelier of the World competition was announced this past evening. They will therefore be 17, out of the 68 candidates who were on the starting line, at play the semi-finals tomorrow February 12 2023, There are 14 men and 3 women, including the French candidate Pascaline Lepeltier, The other candidates are the Argentinian Valeria Gamper, Best Sommelier of the Americas, and the Danish Nina Jensen, finalist of the last edition in Antwerp. The other unfortunate finalist of 2019 and Best Sommelier of Europe 2017, Raimonds Tomsons, is still in the running. Note the presence of another French candidate competing under the Swiss banner, Reza Nahaboo, and two Italian candidates, Francesco Marzola (under the Norwegian banner) and Andrea Martinisi (for New Zealand). Finally, Asia is strongly represented in the next round, with China, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan. there are only three places for the final, which will be held in public on Sunday at La Défense Aréna. The tests are not known in advance. But usually, the semi-finals are structured around practice, with “tastings, proposals for food & wine pairings, commercial situations. These tests will reveal the most successful preparations. Webpage:

The Beaujolais Great Wines Competition ,has as the winner for non-crucial appellations, the Domaine François Martenot estate won gold in Beaujolais, the Creuze Noire estate in white Beaujolais, the Vignerons des Pierres Dorées in Beaujolais Rosé, the Mommessin house in Beaujolais Villages and the Oedoria cellar for Beaujolais Pierres Dorées. The trophy of localities, were won by in Brouilly, the Vinescence cellar is essential and in Côte de Brouilly the domain Chevalier Métrat. On the Chénas and Chiroubles side, these are respectively the Château de Chénas cellar and Georges Duboeuf wines, while in Fleurie it is the Lionel Despres estate and in Juliénas, the Gry Sablon estate. Finally, at Moulin-à-Vent, the Domaine des Rosiers climbed to the top of the podium, and at Morgon, Agamy. The southernmost and youngest of the crus, Régnié, was won by GVS Group and the northernmost, Saint-Amour, by the Domaine Porte du Paradis estate. webpage:

Next Monday, February 13, 2023 (18h – 21h), the Grande Dégustation Pomerol returns to the Intercontinental Paris-Le Grand , 9éme. On the border with Saint-Émilion to the east, and Libourne to the south and west, the Pomerol vineyard enjoys conditions that are ideally suited to viticulture. The vines are planted on a plateau descending in successive terraces towards the Isle valley, at the confluence of the Dordogne. They are rooted in a soil composed of more or less compact gravel, clayey or sandy on the surface, placed on a subsoil with iron oxides or iron filth, vector of Pomerol identity. With some 800 hectares, Pomerol is one of the smallest production areas in Bordeaux , The emblem of Pomerol, Merlot represents 80% of the grape varieties, alongside Cabernet Franc (15%) and Cab Sauvignon (5%). With around thirty properties in tasting this Monday, February 13, presenting different vintages at their convenience, amateurs will be able to discover different profiles of wines from the appellation. Great event another I missed. Webpage:

The tailor-made barrels, special work on the grain, specific toasting and drying…,the best of French know-how, The small Surtep tonnellerie or cooperage (anagram of Petrus) is one of the few in the sector to have obtained certification from Bureau Veritas. Its high-end barrels seduced the Independent Stave Company, (USA) a world heavyweight in cooperage, which became the majority shareholder to create a new entity, Maison Moussié. The original workshop, located in Beychac & Caillau,(Gironde 33) is preserved, Webpage:

What is the ideal wine for petit salé aux lentilles or lentil sausage? One of our favorite dish at home and away, You could go in two directions. A set that calls for full-bodied, structured wines, with well-present tannins and good alcohol strength like the Irouléguy appellation, Just above Toulouse, the Fronton vineyard, and North of the Rhone Valley, the Saint-Joseph appellation, Good wines tried them all ! How to make it will give the recipe we use at home, Ingredients: 2 carrots, 2 onions, cloves, pepper ,salt to taste; 1 kg of salt pork (loin, ribs, possibly blade) 600 g of green lentils 4 Montbéliard sausages (or equivalent if not in your area) ;and 1 bouquet garni , preparation : 20 minutes cooking :2 hours, Steps to follow : If necessary (some butchers supply the meat already desalted), desalinate the meat (soak it for 2 hours in cold water, changing the water from time to time). Drain it. Put it in a casserole, cover with water, pepper. Simmer on low for two hours. Peel the carrots and onions. Stick the cloves into the onions Put the carrots, onions, bouquet garni and lentils in a pressure cooker, cover well with water, lightly salt and pepper. Cook under pressure for between a quarter of an hour and around twenty minutes. When the meat is cooked, remove it from the pot, drain it and cut it into large pieces. Put these pieces, as well as the sausages previously pierced with a fork, in the pressure cooker already containing the lentils. Add 2 glasses of broth from the oven (to give the taste of the meat). Cook (without pressure, with the casserole open) for 20 to 30 minutes over low heat, taking care that the lentils do not stick. Bon appétit

What are the must-see wine bars? in Bordeaux me think some new ones and some very familiar with,

The Soif, the bistro of reconciliation at 35, rue du Cancera webpage :

Le Sobre,the largest selection of wines by the glass, great !! at 24 Quai des Chartrons Webpage :

L’avant-comptoir du Palais,between nature and classicism of renown chef Yves Camdeborde at 2, place du Palais Webpage :

Au Bon Jaja, the lair of natural wines at 4, cour d’Alsace-et-Lorraine Webpage :

VAT is a tax that is added to the price of all products, including Champagne. Value added Tax or VAT (Fr taxe sur la valeur ajoutée ) is divided into four types: super reduced VAT, reduced VAT, intermediate VAT, and normal VAT. The tax rate is between 2.1% and 20%. Like many alcoholic products, Champagne is legally subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) at the normal rate of 20%. Excise or consumption duty is an indirect tax levied on the consumption of certain products such as Champagne. The State determines a tax each year per hectolitre of pure alcohol (hlap). In 2022, this tax amounts to 1,806.28€ /hlap. The bottle of Champagne is subject to a third tax. The Social Security Code provides for a contribution on alcoholic beverages. In 2022, this tax amounts to 579.96€ /hlap. (hlap=hectoliter of pure alcohol), Now you know what is the cost so high, taxes !!!

Something extra but good, I told you so !! The consumption of beer dates back to 7000 years before our era. Currency, salary and medicine of the Egyptians in antiquity, this fermented drink ,in particular based on barley malts and hops is one of the most consumed alcohols in the world. But in the 1980s, the theory of the French paradox reared its head, when three French scientists found that despite a diet rich in animal proteins and fats and a regular consumption of wine, the French died less of heart attack than in other Western countries ! Yes ! Now ,according to a newer study by Harvard University, a reasoned consumption of beer can have positive effects on the heart and blood circulation ,Also according to the American university, drinking beer would reduce resistance to insulin and would limit the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 30%. In addition to whetting your appetite, a drink before a meal can aid digestion. In dark beers in particular, there are soluble fibers, up to one gram per 33 cl, good allies of the intestinal system. Does beer contain antioxidants? The answer is yes, specifically dark beer. The polyphenols present in beer, but also fruits, tea and wine, fight against heterocyclic aromatic amines, which are found on overcooked meats, barbecue style. In 50 cl of beer, there may be up to 8 mg of silicon, i.e. one third of the recommended daily consumption. Silicon fixes calcium, helps in the development and renewal of bones, it is also a pillar of the immune system. Water remains the best drink for the kidneys, however, according to a Finnish study, beer would help eliminate calcium deposits in the kidneys and thus reduce the risk of kidney stones. Promoting diuresis, beer, consumed in moderation, participates in the elimination of toxins. Thanks to beta-glucan, present in malt, drinking a beer without alcohol, and therefore without risk ,would however stimulate milk production. Beer contains group B vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium and maltose, which regenerates glycogen stores after exercise, In addition, the diuretic effects of beer accelerate the elimination of water and urination dehydrated. Prefer organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized beers to enjoy the virtues of beer, in moderation. Finally, be aware that dark beers are more nutritious and lagers contain the least sugar. There you go ,now drink in moderation but drink !! Salut !!

There you go folks, another wine episode of my belle France! The wines of France that is, superbe, sublime, wonderful, gorgeous, enjoy without moderation but accompanying a meal, family table just perfect. Stay warm and see you in the vineyards of France

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

February 12, 2023

The Musée Départemental Breton of Quimper !!

Again, one of my favorite cities of my lovely Bretagne, this is  Quimper. This for me is a must to know the traditions, history and folklore of Bretagne . Again, I have several posts on the City but fell the museum needed more and as found me more pictures not yet in my blog, this is it. Therefore, once again the musée départemental Breton de Quimper !!  One of the best museum I have gone in, and have done my share. An example of what the deep France can do better than Paris. Hope you enjoy the post as I.


quimper musee dept breton courtyard main ent feb13

I am not going to tell again on the history and description of the museum but just a bit on the layout, This is the Departamental Breton Museum of Quimper !!



The following rooms on the ground floor are dedicated to the arts of the Middle Ages and Roman capitals 12C; and the tombstone of Grallon de Kervastar 14C; bas-reliefs with angels 15C, etc., Renaissance such as the mausoleum lying of the knight Troïlus of Mondragon, around 1550; Holy Trinity with Angels musicians early 16C, etc. , and classical and baroque periods such as the set of church sculpture; mausoleum of Yves Le Bervet du Parc by the sculptor Roland Doré 17C etc. Two large stained glass windows from the 16C bear witness to the double influence of Italian and Germanic   on stained glass art during the Breton Renaissance of the 16C and 17C. A display case is reserved for the monetary treasury of Saint-Pol-de-Léon, a set of 14C gold coins presented with the terracotta money boxes in which it has come down to us. The art of goldsmithing is represented by pieces from the 15C like a book-reliquary, 16C of Quimper silver and vermeil cup, and 17-18C such as wedding cups, etc.

On the second level, first floor ,the four rooms of the former bishop’s suite 18C have retained their original paneling and parquet. They are dedicated to costumes from Finistère in the 19-20C. Thirty models present a selection of clothing styles from the Pays Bigouden, Pays de Quimper, Pays de Fouesnant, Douarnenez, etc. and their ornamentation like embroidery, lace, jewelry, etc. This section also contains a collection of works by sculptors and painters, observers of costumes and traditions from Finistère to the 19-20C such as sculptures, and paintings , etc.  Two other rooms, one of which located in the Rohan tower is decorated with 18C frescoes, retracing the evolution of furniture and woodcarving from the 15C to the 20C: sculptures of facades of medieval houses, Renaissance table, chests and fronts of chests, linen press, wedding cupboards, dresser, closed bed, etc. The section also includes examples of modern Breton furniture developed in the interwar period.

On the third level,second floor,  the section devoted to Quimper earthenware offers a collection whose constitution began in the middle of the 19C and has never stopped since: luxury earthenware from the 18C, pottery and popular earthenware from the 18C ,19C and 20C, diversity of learned styles after 1870, botanical decorations and invention of decorations with Breton characters. A set of display cases is devoted to the renewal of ceramic art in Quimper during the period between the two world wars.

The official Breton departamental museum:

The Quimper tourist office on the Breton departamental museum :

The city of Quimper on the Breton departamental museum:

There you go folks ,a superb museum that must be visited to know the history of Bretagne more so than France. This is a wonderful site in a very lively and pretty district of Quimper. You will love coming to see the Musée Départemental Breton of Quimper !!  Again, hope you enjoy the post as i

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

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February 12, 2023

The Fine Arts Museum of Quimper !!

One of my favorite cities in my lovely region of Bretagne. Of course, I have written several posts on it in my blog, but fell that the Fine Arts Museum needed more and as found me some additional pictures not in yet, well this is it all worth it me think. Therefore, once again the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts) de Quimper. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

quimper musee beaux arts pl st corentin aug19

I am not going to tell again on the history and description of the museum but just a bit on the layout, Do see my other post on the museum for more. This is the Fine Arts Museum of Quimper !!


The Fine Arts Museum was born in 1864, thanks to Count Jean-Marie de Silguy who bequeathed his entire collection to his hometown, on the sole condition that a museum be built there to accommodate his paintings and drawings. Today it is one of the main art museums in the west of France, presenting rich collections of French painting (especially from the 19C), Italian, Flemish and Dutch from the 14C to the present day.

You have the wonderful Musée des Beaux-Arts or fine arts museum, small but can rival with any. It is very well located in city center just opposite the Cathedral(see post). It has a wonderful boutique shop for gifts and books ,paintings etc. You get a map of the museum and booklet, the map show you in sequence all the rooms to visit , and they are panels upon entering the room telling you what is showing.

The entrance on ground level here (1 FL USA) you have the Breton paintings, and the history of the museum. A room in the museum is dedicated to Max Jacob, a poet and local hero ,from Quimper who died in 1944 after been taken to Nazi concentration camp as he was of Jewish beliefs. There are many works by Jacob himself (gouaches, pencils, engravings, etc.) and his entourage: notably by Jean Cocteau (drawings), Picasso (three etchings), Roger Toulouse and Amedeo Modigliani (drawing). Also, Jean Moulin, a senior official before becoming one of the emblematic figures of the French Resistance, exercised the function of sub-prefect at Chateaulin from 1930 to 1933. During his stay in Brittany, he met Max Jacob and, on his advice, illustrated the collection of poems by Tristan Corbière, “Armor”, extract from Amours Jaune (yellow loves). It is under the pseudonym of Romanin that the eight engravings are signed. At the heart of the museum, in a specially designed space, is exposed an exceptional set of paintings by Jean-Julien Lemordant , a Breton painter, which once decorated the dining room of the Hôtel de l’Epée in Quimper.

The first floor (2nd FL USA) you continue the sequence to the Flemish artists and Dutch from the end of the 16C to early 18C (Rubens, Jordaens etc); You visit Rodin and the sculptures, then the Italian paintings from end 14C to the 18C (Reni,Solimena,Bartolo di Fredi,etc); go on to the French paintings from end of 17C to the early 19C ( Mignard, Fragonard, Meynier, etc), you go thru a rooms of drawings 16-19C, then French Paintings from the 19C (Chasseriau, Corot, Boudin, etc), you visit the Pont Aven school and the Nabis (Bernard,Sérusier, Maufra, Gauguin, de Haan, Moret, Denis etc); then after pont aven (delaunay,Gruber, Gromaire, etc); Breton paintings of the 20C (Tal Coat,Bazaine, Manessier, Le Moal etc); the room of Lemordant recreating the mansion of the L’épée in Quimper created between 1906 and 1909 by Lemordant.

In general, the graphic arts cabinet contains drawings from the main European schools of painting, the 2,000 drawings bequeathed by de Silguy also forming the bulk of the collection here. The fund is dominated by the French, and the Italian school and, to a lesser extent. Northern and Spanish schools are very little represented. The legacy of Count de Silguy included 12,000 engravings, which still constitute the core of the museum’s collection of engravings today.

The official Fine Arts museum :

The city of Quimper on the Fine Arts Museum :

The Quimper tourist office on the Fine Arts Museum : http://:

There you go folks , a very nice worthwhile museum to visit right in the middle of all wonderful about Quimper. You do well to visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper.  Again ,hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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