Le French GourMay is the one and only major festival in Hong Kong and Macau dedicated to gastronomy à la française, organised under the umbrella of Le French May Arts Festival. French cuisine is one of the few UNESCO-listed culinary cultures in the entire world. Each year, we celebrate this unique culinary treasure in collaboration with one French region.

For the 11th edition in 2019, we will showcase the wonders of a stroll along the LOIRE VALLEY. From 1 to 31 May 2019, Le French GourMay will pair the appetite of the gourmets in Hong Kong and Macau with the historic towns, royal residences, serene landscape from the river to the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Estate

The Vignoble des Bois Vaudons has been run by the Mérieau Family for four generations.

The estate spreads over 35 hectares across the hillsides and on the left bank of the Cher River and benefit for the greater part from a south-southeast orientation. These rich and complex soils allow the production of a range of wines that are varied and rich in colours. Some wines stemming from older or younger vines – certain vines of the Pineau d’Aunis varietal are more than 100 years old.

Jean-François Mérieau took over the family estate in 2000. Since then, Jean-François has committed himself to rediscovering the soils of the Loir-et-Cher, working the soils, plowing, cutting heavily and harvesting by hand.

Jacky, his father had allowed the development of the fame of the estate – he allowed the establishment of the estate such as it is presently with its lot of plantations and the restructuring of vineyard.

Jean-François 

Merieau

Jean François took back the Domain in 2000 having studied in  Amboise then in Bordeaux, having some professional training in famous  vineyards as at Patrick Ducournau (Madiran), at Alphonse Mellot (Sancerre) or in the “chateau la Gardine”  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape), and having worked in South Africa to acquire a  wider open-mindedness on his business.

By working grounds and by cultivating in a reasoned way, he takes care of what was transmitted to him and can thus  produce  wines of a high quality, with each their own identity.