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November 20, 2017

Rainy Sunday

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Just a few hardy souls ventured out for a walk with us on a bleak Sunday morning. But despite a downpour as we started out, the cloud lifted a bit and we enjoyed the views from the vineyards and the forest tracks in the hills above Bray.

Pascale, Chris, David and Claire with Miriam & Michel

Chris had very cleverly planned his walk to finish at the porte ouverte at the cave of Christophe Perrin at Chazeux. We tasted each of the seven wines he has produced this year, four whites and three reds. You have to take into account that the wines are yet young but we very much liked the red Chapaize which I hear won the popular vote as it was practically sold out by the end of the weekend. We’ll save some to have with Christmas dinner.

Christophe Perrin (L) telling us about his wines

In cheerful mood by the 7th tasting

Despite the cold weather we enjoy the winter here as there is so much going on. The events by AFM-Téléthon to raise money for research into muscular dystrophy are just getting into gear. AFM-Téléthon is the French equivalent of Children in Need or Red Nose Day. It monopolises the first weekend in December when there is a marathon of 30 hours of fund raising TV.

On Sunday afternoon we enjoyed our first of many charity events, a line dance at Sennecé-lès-Mâcon. The hall was packed for the more popular numbers and it was a good experience to be dancing elbow to elbow with the other clubs, concentrating on not going to pot when all around go wrong (or could that be me?).

An enjoyable way to spend a cold wet afternoon

I think Téléthon must have done quite well yesterday seeing the amount of cakes and tarts consumed during the afternoon. And dancing is thirsty work.

Cormatin will devote the first weekend in December to raise money for Téléthon. Meanwhile next weekend it is the turn of the Oiseaux Rares, the group of 25 artists who will open their studios and workshops. It will be a busy time for the Cormatinois.

November 18, 2012

The annual dinner dance at Cortambert

Filed under: Events,People,Village Life — Tags: , , , — Mary @ 19:48

A good time was had by all last night at the repas dansant in Cortambert. There was an excellent turnout with 103 people enjoying the meal and the dancing



The caterers, Mille et Une Saveurs, produced a tasty meal of rabbit terrine, chicken in mustard sauce, fromage blanc and a fruit crumble to finish.  We have become  accustomed to getting up and dancing between courses. A bit of boogying and you are ready to tackle the next course.


It was the band that really made the evening go with a swing. The Orchestre Sergio Mondiale had come from la Meuse, a department on the Belgian border. They effortlessly switched from waltz and tango to the Madison, Charleston, the Twist and rock’n’roll. Sergio was on the accordion, Jacques on drums and Nico on guitar. Didier sang a good selection of songs, both French and English, and was  entertaining throughout.

Sergio Mondiale and his musicians

Sergio Mondiale and his musicians

As usual it was hard keeping up with the over seventies who were up for every dance and never flagged. As I have commented before, it is a joy that here the men enjoy dancing and are so good at it.

Many thanks to Pascale, Jean-Louis and everybody who made the evening such a success.

Postscript – I happened to be lucky enough to dance with the father-in-law of Christophe Perrin who has a small vineyard at Le Molard in Bray. He was hosting an open weekend so off we went this afternoon for a dégustation.

Winetasting with Christophe Perrin

Winetasting with Christophe Perrin

 Christophe has always had a passion for winemaking and for some years worked for the co-operative of Lugny. But in 2011 he took over the vineyard in Bray and now produces 8,500 bottles of excellent wine per year. He explained about how different terrains influence the flavour of the wine, and showed us samples of the earth from different parts of his vineyard ranging from red sand to marl to pebbles.

Different wines from varying terrains

Different wines from varying terrains

At Le Molard the wine is improved by maturing in oak barrels. Christophe really seems to love his vocation and deserves his success. His wine is becoming increasingly popular. Whilst there we met many of our fellow gite and chambres d’hôtes owners who, like us, prefer to buy their wine locally.

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