Busy Sunday

Today was the “De ferme en ferme” http://www.fermiers-audois.fr event the area.

We started the tour with the visit of Château Le Bouchat in Pennautier (http://www.bouchat-alaux.fr). The owner gave us a tour of one of the winery of the estate and was full of very interesting information. He was also a very happy man as the harvesting had been completed last Friday at 16h00. He was very precise on that point. All the grapes have been pressed and the cisterns filled with the juice and the pressed skins (This is done only with red wine. The skin adds flavour, tanin etc.). Fermentation had already started and you could smell it.

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This cistern which is enamelled concrete contains 21.000 litres. Quite impressive.

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Few could have tasted some wine but I thought it was a bit too early and we had other places to visit.

Second on the list was the farm Le Colombier Haut (http://www.agneau-du-colombier-haut.com). Interesting is that they sell directly to the individuals and will deliver to your house within the region. Only snag, the minimum order is half a lamb. I suppose one can freeze it.

Second on the list was the farm Le Colombier Haut (http://www.agneau-du-colombier-haut.com). Interesting is that they sell directly to the individuals and will deliver to your house within the region. Only snag, the minimum order is half a lamb. I suppose one can freeze it.

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We had planned to have lunch there. A BBQ was in action but the queue far too long.

So instead, we went back to the village of Montolieu also called “village of the books” (http://www.montolieu-livre.fr) to a restaurant I have been meaning to try. Casquette et Chapeau (https://www.facebook.com/casquetteetchapeau/) was very nice indeed, friendly staff (Cindy), good food. I particularly enjoyed my starter which was Oeuf Cocotte au fromage bleu (Shirred egg with blue cheese).

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We had planned a couple more visits to the Chèvrerie du Colombier to maybe get some goat cheese as well as the Moulin de Fabi to taste and possibly buy some local olive oil.

But somehow we felt quite tired (was it the rosé) at lunchtime so we returned home.

 

 

 

 

 

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