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Here by Glimpses Known - A castle

Early this morning, frost was thick on the ground and the sun red in the sky, but a lack of sleep drove me back to my bed even though I sorely wanted to go out with the camera.  When I woke up later, the frost was still there, so we decided to go for a walk.  Alas, we thought to go further afield and when we arrived, the glittering was gone and the sky overcast.

We decided to stop at Chateau de Nozet just outside Pouilly-sur-Loire for J to taste some wine.   Pouillly and Sancerre are basically wine rivals, with Sancerre being the better known wine but not necessarily the better wine depending on who you ask. And who the winegrower in question is. Everyone's wine is different. Mostly Sancerre has more press because it perches charmingly on a hill that dominates the vineyards and the Loire River. Pouilly is located right along the river, hardly on a rise at all.


The wine was good, said he, but too expensive. The asking price was to pay for the chateau's name basically, a chateau we could not visit because it is private property, warded by nature,


and by man


Nature's wards are much stronger, as you can see; the castle looks positively ghostly and insubstantial when you peer through them...

So we came away with a few moody photos and a jar of confit de vin (wine jelly), much cheaper than a bottle of wine. :) And tasty!  I just tried some on a slice of homemade bread with some lightly salted butter. Eat that, salesperson, who kept looking at me like I was a lizard when I suggested doing something besides cooking with it.  :P

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asakiyume
Feb. 23rd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Love both the natural and human wards.
mnfaure
Feb. 23rd, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's hard to get a decent picture of such a large building without something of interest in the foreground, even if the building itself is lovely.
mindseas
Feb. 23rd, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Charming castle. I love the rows of windows wrapped slantwise around the small turret. Makes it look very fairy tale. I wonder who is imprisoned within?
mnfaure
Feb. 24th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's my favorite part of the castle, too. I'm thinking that there is a wine fairy trapped within. They keep her to ensure the grape crop is bountiful each year and that the wine is sweet. I think it is going to backfire on them one of these days, though.

To keep a fairy thus imprisoned.....Bad news.
GoblinWriter
Feb. 24th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
*That's* what our Washington wineries are missing. Castles. :D
mnfaure
Feb. 24th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Castles make everything better. Or at least picturesque. *lol*
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