Wine and some other drinks of Tour de France 2016. Stage 4: Saumur — Limoges

Mark Cavendish is back. But it will be hard for him to keep the green jersey when Peter Sagan will have to give away the yellow.Today’s stage is not a stage for the sprinters. It’s another uphill finish, not unlike the second stage. And Peter Sagan will probably be up there again. If he does not win, he will get points in the competition for the green jersey, something the more typical sprinters will not do. As a Norwegian, I may hoper for Edvald Boasson-Hagen and Alexander Kristoff.

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We will bring wines from the start, when we are still in Loire. We start in Saumur, and can taste some of the red wines from the area. They produce redd wine mainly from Cabernet Franc, but also from Cabernet Suvignon. The best par og the area is in Saumur is Saumur-Champigny. The wine magazine Decanter selected earlier this the bes Cabernet Franc wines from Loire. Two producers from Saumur-Champigny wa on this rather exclusive list: Château de Villeneuve with the win Le Grand Clos 2011, and Château de Targé with the wine Saumur-Champigny 2011.

In the June 2016 edition, Decanter had a panel tasting of wines from Saumur and Saumur-Champigny. It is not on the net yet, at least it was not on then net the last time I checked, a few weeks ago. But these tastings do eventually get available on the net, so look into their website from time to time. Den er ikke på nett ennå, i alle fall var den ikke det sist jeg sjekket. Of the 74 wines tasted, two were characteriaed as “Outstanding”: Domaine la Bonnelière, Les Poyeux, Saumur-Champigny 2014, and La Seigneurie, Saumur-Champigny 2014.

Loire is a nice area for cycling. Cycling, castles and wine, is a good combination. Read Decanter’s guide “Cycling in the Loire”.

A bit further south, the stage passes through Haut-Poitou. It is a rather small area where white, rosé and red wines are produced from a variety of grapes. The wine is utsualle rather fruity, and should be drunken young.

From here to the finish, we do not find much wine. But the finishing town is Limoge. At the outbreak of the first world war, the French commander, marshall Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre saw that many of the officers in the French army were rather useless. Young men from the upper class had been given ranks of officers, almost as an honorary title. He ordered amny of them to Limoge, as far away from any war activities they could get, to make sure that they would not do any damage. After this, there is an expression i French, which translates into to limoge, or to be limoged. This is when usually high ranked peole are promoted siedeways or get a new formally high, but in practice less important position to remove them from a position where they are not doing a good job.

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