Château de Selles-sur-Cher: A Drizzly Wine Tasting in the French Countryside

Imagine you have a successful career in pharmaceutical sales. Then imagine, at age 38, giving that all up and going back to the equivalent of high school to start your education over, this time focusing on wine instead. If you did that, I would have to imagine you were pretty damn passionate about wine.

Nicolas, the owner of Château de Selles-sur-Cher, did in fact do just that. And yes, he is indeed pretty damn passionate about wine, which meant that I in turn was super excited for the chance to have him talk us through everything his winery had to offer! Said winery is situated on the grounds of the very historic Château de Selles-sur-Cher – parts of it date back to the 10th century – and is beautiful. And, oh yes, it has great wines, too.

We started outside in an idyllic setting, a table full of wines and cheeses nestled beneath a big old tree. Soon, it began to drizzle, and soon after that, to fully downpour, so we retreated inside, where Nicolas led us through three wine pairings. We tried a Sauvignon Blanc, a Gamay, and a Malbec, each paired with a different variety of goat cheese. All were excellent! And I adore goat cheese, so I was pretty much in wine and cheese heaven.

After our tasting, we had some time to explore the beautiful grounds. In spite of the downpour, I thought the place was just lovely. I couldn’t stop exploring – and snapping pics – even though my umbrella petered out on me midway through, leaving me completely drenched. It was worth it!

The Bottom Line: Château de Selles-sur-Cher is about a two and a half hour drive from Paris. For more information, check out their website. And maybe bring an umbrella.

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