It’s not every day that a Head of State stops in Maine-et-Loire. This was the case this Wednesday, October 6 with the private visit of Prince Albert of Monaco, who came to visit the Angevin vineyards.
“A very pleasant customer”
After landing at Angers-Marcé airport, the prince visited the vineyard near Savennières and Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay (delegated municipality of Val-du-Layon), and stayed, the time of ‘one night at the Château de Noirieux, located in Briollay, nearAngers (Maine-et-Loire). Escorted by an imposing security service, the prince’s entourage occupied 10 of the 19 rooms in this four-star hotel, which has been welcoming guests for more than thirty years.
Ecouflant apple juice
“He’s a very pleasant customer”, indicates Emmanuel Bourgeois, executive assistant at the Château de Noirieux. The Head of State would have particularly appreciated the apple juice produced by the orchards of the Silve, located in Écouflant. Prince Albert of Monaco was interested in the history of this castle, built from the XVe century, which covers nine hectares and dominates the Lower Angevin valleys.
First visit in 1987
This is not the first time that Albert of Monaco set foot in Maine-et-Loire: in July 2014, come to visit the Puy du Fou in Vendée, Prince Albert’s plane had landed on the airfield of Cholet. In May 1987, then 29 years old – he is now 63 – the young prince went to Saumur : he had been named honorary president of the second edition of the international eventing competition, which he had attended. On this occasion, he will give his name to a career.