Established in 1993, Le French May is one of the largest cultural event in Asia. Under its umbrella, Le French GourMay is dedicated to Gastronomy a la francaise. For the 11th edition, from 1 to 31 of May, the Loire Valley and its wonder will be showcased.
The Loire Valley spans from France’s central highlands to the Atlantic Ocean, covering Pays de la Loire and Central-Val de Loire.
It is home to one of the largest UNESCO heritage sites thanks to an outstanding cultural landscape. The longest river of France was a popular hotspot for royal power, illustrated by castle such as Chambord, Amboise, Blois and Azay-le-Rideau.
Loire Valley has a wine-growing history dating more than 2000 years. It is characterized by a refreshing acidity and minerality, fruity and unoaked aromas, mostly designed from single variety grapes.
The lower valley or Pays Nantais focus on bracing, citrusy, like-the-sea white wines. Muscadet is the largest appellation of the region, crafted from Melon de Bourgogne, it is a perfect match for seafood and casual consumption.
Loire Valley has earned the nickname of “Garden of France”. Geographically it is in the centre of the country, close from the capital and fed by the Loire river allowing an abundance of vineyards, orchards and farms.
The region boast some of the best goat cheeses of the country. 6 out of 48 protected AOC is found there. Why goat cheeses you may ask? Legend says that in 732 the Franks fought the Umayyad over the Battle of Tours. The defeated troops allegedly left their goats behind. What we know for sure is that France is the leading producer of goat cheese in the world!
Among its most famous appellation can be found’; Valencay, a pyramid shaped cheese with a thin ash skin. Selles-Sur-Cher, a charcoal coated disc with insistent mineral notes. Sainte-Maure, the hand-ladled log is gooey on the edges and a dense texture at the centre. Crottin Chavignol, the star of the region and the base ingredient of goat cheese salad.