Charentes on the dramatic Atlantic coast of France has a great reputation for excellent gastronomy. Authentic products include seafood – especially mussels and oysters, sea-salt, caviar and honey, as well as saffron, butter, cheese and snails.
The area is also known for the unique pineau des Charentes, world renowned cognac, organic wines and beers. No visit to Charentes is complete without a visit to a local market such as those of La Rochelle, Rochefort or Angoulême. They are a cacophony of colour, vibrant with the hustle and bustle of shoppers exploring the rich variety of produce on display.
This gastronomic excellence is embellished by some fabulous restaurants and bars, some of which have recently been revitalised whilst others are brand new.
NEW! 1 Michelin star in 2018 guide
Chef: Nicolas Durif
25 rue de l’Aurore – 17220 La Jarrie
(25 mn drive from La Rochelle / 20 mn drive from Chatelaillon)
1 place François 1er – 16100 Cognac
Chef: Pierre Gagnaire
‘Cuisine de Bords de Mer’
14 place du Solençon – 16100 Cognac
1 Michelin star
Chef: Loïc Lecoin NEW CHEF IN 2018!
(All year round – by appointment)
CAMUS – the largest Cognac House to remain family-owned and independent – has recently been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant Label. This prestigious distinction recognises the excellence of CAMUS’ savoir-faire, advanced technical skills and commitment to crafting outstanding products … you can become a part of it during a two-hour-long workshop.
After an introduction to CAMUS, enter the mysterious world of the Cellar Master and discover the art of tasting. During an exclusive training session held under professional guidance, become the Master Blender yourself and create your own personalised, unique XO Cognac.
An instructive, fun hands-on workshop offered to adults over 18 all year round by appointment for 160€/person. 20% discount for groups of 10 or more adults.
21 rue de Cagouillet – 16100 Cognac
+33 5 45 32 72 96