This last weekend, my DB and I got to use a Groupon coupon. If you've ever bought a Groupon coupon for a service and ended up not using it, you'll know that this was a feat. It was for a visit and dégustation at Chateau Vallourbière near Gignac about half an hour up the autoroute. We had to be there at 11am sharp which, for the south of France is a bit of a shock as no one turns up anywhere until at least 15 mins after the allotted time!
|B&B rooms, jacuzzi in mini chalet|
|Vines and view from bedrooms|
|Garden and main house, pool on roof|
|Dining room décor|
|Dining room air-conditioned cave|
|Barrels of resting red|
|Rosé with pepites of gold!|
Gil's paintings are all over the walls. The stylised horse was one of my favourites. We tasted the whole range of wine and found we liked best one of the reds, a rosé and a sparkling méthode champenoise flavoured with grapefruit zest.
|Gil Greaux and his artwork both liquid and solid|
After we'd loaded the car with our precious cargo, we headed off to the village for a hearty baguette sarnie in the local bar, then went to Le Pouget to look at a motorbike which turned out to be crap. As we left, I spotted a sign to a dolmen and suggested we go and have a look. We bumped the car along the track instead of walking because that's the sort of lazy buggers we are and there was no sign specifically forbidding vehicles (what is not forbidden is permitted said my DB...)... and ended up at a gorgeous spot with stupendous views of the valley and Larzac plateau (and Chateau Vallourbiere).
|Prehistoric dolmen entrance|
|Inside the dolmen burial chamber|
|View of Le Pouget GoldenGate bridge|