The beautiful village of Le Thoureil is a 15 minute walk from us here at le tasting room. It’s always calm and serene whatever the weather, whatever the time of year. We always drive through the village on our way back from the station in Angers after collecting clients who have come down from Paris for a wine tasting day trip.
Le Thoureil – a beautiful riverside village perched on the banks of the Loire
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Personal News – my life in the Loire 1st May 2018
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Latest from Twitter
- @LizGabayMW That’s tough for you and your father. We’re living through a very unstable time too. Wine helps a little, I’ll join you. 15th Jan from Twitter for iPad in reply to LizGabayMW
- How barrels are made! Fascinating video. https://t.co/VDvQfbSQbS 15th Jan from Facebook
- Just the most delicious,balanced and elegant Cab Franc. One of Saumur’s best reds from Arnaud Lambert.… https://t.co/J4ocKao41O 14th Jan from Twitter for iPad