SENIORS ENJOY CENTRAL FRANCE



Seniors Discover Sancerre and Its Wine

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Sancerre is a medieval hilltop town, in the Cher department of central France overlooking the Loire River. On a map of France, it is dotted right in the middle of the country. Sancerre is most noted for its wine. In and around Sancerre there are more than 300 vineyards and many have ‘wine caves’ where senior visitors can sample and purchase the local wines. Sancerre is more than one village, it is an entire region.

The village of Sancerre is not large, around 1,700 in all. There always has to be some history or particular reason for towns’ names in France. The name Sancerre is possibly derived from “Sacred to Caesar” and later Christianized to “Saint-Cere”.

Senior Oenophiles Enjoy Sancerre

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Do you enjoy white wine? Sancerre is one of the most famous white wines in France. Sancerre wine is often called ”white Beaujolais” and the two wines have much in common. 16 million bottles a year come from the region. The grape is the Sauvignon Blanc.

Sancerre white wine is more delicate than close-by Pouilly Fumé, which I personally prefer. Sancerre matures a little bit faster than its neighbor. Sancerre wines come from marlterroir, called white soil, or from the more common limestone vineyards. The first are fruity and well balanced, the second are full flavored but less stable.

NY Times notes that…“The dry, flinty white Sancerre is a wine with backbone, one that is simply for drinking and enjoying rather than pontificating about. The food of this easternmost region of France’s Loire Valley is plain and pure.  Fresh river fish, fruits and vegetables, and chalky goat cheese make for a natural mate for this uncomplicated wine.”

Castle, Hilltop Village and Goat Cheese

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Sancerre is a neat village with a typical castle of the Loire Valley. The village originally developed around the  medieval castle. At one time it was among the most important chateaux in the region, but like so many, was largely destroyed early in the 17th century.

At the top of the hill above the village, senior visitors can still see the castle keep known as the Tour des Fiefs. Another historical landmark in Sancerre is the belfry, now the bell tower for the Church Saint-Jean de Sancerre, that dates back to 1509. The Church of Notre-Dame in Sancerre is more recent, mostly dating to the 18th century. The village stands on a low hill from where you can view miles and miles of the surrounding vineyards.

TripAdvisor has it lined up for you already, including some suggestions for a hotel or B&B as well as what senior travelers will want to see and do in and around Sancerre. You will discover that the village’s fame comes not only from the white wine to which it has given its name, but also from the goat cheese. In Sancerre, the land that’s not good for grapes is good for goats. jeb

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