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Château de Chambord

Château de Chambord

The cheese plate at the Château de Chambord (clockwise from bottom): Sainte-Maur-de-Touraine (goat), Valencay (goat), Brie de Meaux (cow), and Pouligny-Saint-Pierre (goat). / L'assiette au Château de Chambord (dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre commençant en bas) : Sainte-Maur-de-Touraine (chèvre), Valencay (chèvre), Brie de Meaux (vache), et Pouligny-Saint-Pierre (chèvre). 

The cheese plate at the Château de Chambord (clockwise from bottom): Sainte-Maur-de-Touraine (goat), Valencay (goat), Brie de Meaux (cow), and Pouligny-Saint-Pierre (goat). / L'assiette au Château de Chambord (dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre commençant en bas) : Sainte-Maur-de-Touraine (chèvre), Valencay (chèvre), Brie de Meaux (vache), et Pouligny-Saint-Pierre (chèvre). 

The Château de Chambord is a must-see for any visitor to the Loire Valley. About two hours south-southwest of Paris, it lies a few kilometers off the Loire River itself in a beautiful national preserve. We were there at the end of October for the Toussaint school holidays. Its sheer size and unique architecture are impressive. Its restaurant, however, is less so, and by that I mean not at all. Our meal was expensive and very average. The only thing worth noting was the view from the dining room, but our late arrival meant we were closer to the door than the windows. The cheese plate was also average. My favorite was the Pouligny-Saint-Pierre, which was very well-balanced in terms of texture and taste.

Château, 41250 Chambord, France

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