The village of Saché, a few kilometres upstream of Azay le Rideau on the river Indre in the department of Indre et Loire once had a famous part-time resident.

The author Honoré de Balzac was a friend of the owner of the chateau, M de Morgonne. Balzac was often in financial difficulties at his home in Paris, and being pursued there by bailiffs, which made it impossible for him to write. So he would retreat to the peace and quiet of Saché to lock himself in his room and work for 15 hours at a time, fuelling his labours with gallons of strong coffee.


The local wine-producers have taken advantage of this association of the region by inventing a cuvée Balzac label to promote the little-known but improving Azay-le-Rideau vintage.

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