Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas Closure at Bistrot Les Tontons

Bistrot Les Tontons will be closed from Sunday 23 December 2012 to Monday 07 January 2013, re-opening on Tuesday 08 January 2013.

Bistrot Les Tontons vous souhaite un joyeux noël et une bonne année.

Bistrot Les Tontons wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Introducing BLT's Wine of the Week (No.10)

Crémant de Loire
AOC Crémant de Loire
Domaine de la Paleine

For Christmas week Gérald has selected the Crémant de Loire from Domaine de la Paleine, as his festive and sparkling wine of the week.

Harvested by hand and produced at the Domaine the crémant is handled and rest sur-latte for a minimum of 24 months during which time the Domaine uses one of the oldest methods for opening the sparkly - dégorgement à al volée.

80% chardonnay & 20% chenin the Crémant de Loire is a deliciously fresh and light sparkling wine with elegant bubbles. Perfect served alone as an apéritif or alongside grilled or baked fish.

Domaine de la Paleine’s Crémant de Loire is also available from The Wine Shop & Tasting Room in Brighton.

Bistrot Les Tontons
Place Saint Pierre
49400 Saumur
t: 02 41 59 59 40

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Introducing BLT's wine of the week (No.9)

‘Le Clos’ 2009
AOC Savennières
Château de Plaisance

This week Gérald has selected the elegant, ‘Le Clos’ 2009 (AOC Savennières), produced by the organic & biodynamic wine maker Guy Rochais from Château de Plaisance, as his wine of the week.

Harvested by hand, post pressing the juice is placed into oak barrels of 2 to 5 years old and left for 11 to 12 months, a process which creates a white wine whose perfume is of fruits with an impression of minerals.

Another popular choice at Bistrot Les Tontons, ‘Le Clos’ 2009 is suggested served alongside our supper dish; Brioche de Saint Jacques Risotto Crémeux.

Bistrot Les Tontons
Place Saint Pierre
49400 Saumur
t: 02 41 59 59 40

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Bistrot Les Tontons

Enjoying the build up to Christmas...

Bistrot Les Tontons
Place Saint Pierre
49400 Saumur
t: 02 41 59 59 40

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Now being served at Bistrot Les Tontons...

Brochette de Saint Jacques Risotto Crémeux

(available evenings only)

The Wine Shop & Tasting Room, Brighton - 2012's final wine tasting

Forthcoming wine tasting at our wine bar in Brighton, UK.

For those of you who went to Gérald's November wine tasting of 'Grapes of the Loire Valley' you may like to learn this years final wine tasting at The Wine Shop & Tasting Room will be on 16 December with Laura Rhys, Master Sommelier & UK Sommelier of the Year.

Laura was the first ever British female to win the super-prestigious UK Sommelier of the Year competition (beating much Michelin-starred competition) and has since been working as Head Sommelier for Gerard Basset (recently World Sommelier of the Year!). You may have seen her on TV as the wine coach on Michel Roux’s recent programme Service.

Tickets can be booked by calling The Wine Shop & Tasting Room on: +44 (0)1273 567176, emailing directly at, or online by using the Paypal button below. Bonne dégustation !

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Introducing BLT's wine of the week (No.8)

Bressol 2010 
AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages 
Domaine Singla 

With Christmas celebrations starting to get underway our attentions turn to food & wine to be enjoyed in the company of friends and family. 

For the 1st week of Christmas Gérald has selected the beautifully balanced Bressol 2010, a red wine (mostly Grenach noir) produced by the talented Laurent de Besombes of Domaine Singla. 

Another firm favourite at Bistrot Les Tontons an interesting selection of Laurent’s wines are available at our wine bar, The Wine Shop & Tasting Room in Brighton, UK. 

Harvested by hand, a maceration of 25 days is followed by an oaking in high quality oak barrels (chéne nadalie, chauffe noisette+), a process of which creates a delicious full bodied red wine with hints of licorice, dark in colour and wonderfully aromatic on the nose. 

Bressol 2010 is suggested served alongside Faisan sauce morilles a l'armagnac. 

Bistrot Les Tontons
Place Saint Pierre
49400 Saumur
t: 02 41 59 59 40

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Les Tontons Flingueurs

Ce soir (dimanche 02 décembre) à 20h45 sur France 2.

6ème Salon 'Mets et Vins' de Mazé

Post harvest, winter arriving, one would be right in thinking this is a quieter time for many of the Domaines, au contraire! The wine festival season, winter porte ouvertes are in full swing...

Today Gérald is representing Domaine de la Paleine at the 6ème Salon 'Mets et Vins' de Mazé.

Bonne dégustation !