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our favourite links These are some of our favourite links in the web, classified in wine, restaurants et holidays:
                                             (more links at the french page)
wine :

Rémi Plassard, Laurent Marcillaud et Matthieu Gondard
have created a place which lacked in Montpellier :
a classy, beautiful wine-cellar with a pertinent choice of
Languedoc's & Roussillon's  treasures, very competent information,
and the pleasure of finding plenty of wine
- to drink !  
Pierre Jéquier et Blandine Chauchat at
the Mas Foulaquier near Claret, some miles from the Auberge,
produce a range of delicious, sappy, very drinkable wines.
The vineyards are worked according to organic & biodynamic standards
(AB- & DEMETER-certification since 2008).
The website explains very well the work in cellar & vineyards,
and - what is rare - you may even buy he wines online !
 This is a recently re-founded Quinta in the upper reaches
of the Douro-valley, near Pocinho, the terminus of the train.
The name Passagem - the crossing -
comes from the ancient railway crossing the property..
But it symbolizes as well the british-portuguese joint venture
between the Bergqvist family of Quinta de la Rosa near Pinhão,
and Jorge Moreira, winemaker of well established reputation.
These are wines of the south, well structured, concentrated, intenses,

but with all the balance and elegance which are the trademark of Jorge's work...
Passagem Wines Passagem-Wines
Our favorite supplier of organic vegetables,
Yézid Allaya works his land near the Lez's spring
at Montferrier, some miles north of Montpellier.
He sells mostly directly to his private clients.
It's not just organic, it's delicious !

Lutin Jardin légumes bio http://lutinjardin.weebly.com/
This is the very interesting blog
of the horable society of Rancio Sec Experts & Addicts.
traditional catalan Rancio Sec from the Roussillon region
is an excellent
dry aperitif wine recently embarked at the
Here's the site of "la Jasse", bright & colourful
just as the wines of Pascale Rivière.
It's full of information, too, and it's quickly clear that
she will present us many more of those nice bottles -
very "gourmand" & drinkable wines.
La Jasse Castel
This is the website of bustling André Leenhardt,
vigneron at his Château de Cazeneuve,
the wine estate in front of the Auberge
with it's vast winery and cellars..
Château de Cazeneuve Château de Cazeneuve
"Le jus de la vigne clarifie l’esprit et l’entendement, apaise l’ire,
chasse la tristesse et donne joie et liesse. (François Rabelais)"
This is the motto of  Fabienne & Alain Bruguière,
our third winemaking neighbours at the
Mas Thélème in Lauret.
You'll find at their site other famous quotations,
ripe, full-bodied wines with erudit names and anything else
you'd like to know about the property.
Mas Thélème
The new website,
now intelligible without a degree in Latin,
very well done, simple & beautiful,
with everything interesting about
the domain & its happy new proprietors.
Mas de Mortiès Mas Morties
Alain Chabanon's well-known estate Font-Caude,
now re-named Domaine Alain Chabanon.
The site shows his - organic - way to work the vineyards,
the grape varieties, the winemaking,
and - of course - the wines !
Beautiful site - really worth a look !
Domaine Alain Chabanon Domaine Alain Chabanon
A site of an exemplary soberness,
clear, concise, very easy & pleasant to use,
offering a perfect background for the brilliant photographs
of the day-to-day work at the estate. 
Domaine Les Aurelles www.les-aurelles.com
This domain created with hard work by
Marc Valette has very well developed since
the construction of his very modern cellar
near Cessenon in the Saint Chinian area.
Wines for amateurs...of strong sensations!
Le Vin Maghani www.canetvalette.com
La Rectorie, very stylish &  sober,
with very beautiful black & white photographs
by Pierre Parcé, one of the three brothers owners
of the estate. You'll want to see more of those...
Domaine de la Rectorie Domaine de la Rectorie
The bustling Clavel's website,
recommended not only for lovers of his wines.
It's a feast for the eyes with lots of photographs
& information, on everything concerning wine
& the domain.
Pierre Clavel Domaine Clavel
A very complete german Website, full of information,
with a preference for wines of character
and a good selection of wines from the
Languedoc and the Roussillon.
K & U www.weinhalle.de
This is an extremely sober, uncluttered website,
which tranmits very well the sense of Luc & Marie
for the essential, for the inner beauty of things,
with no fuss. Very good photography as well.
Domaine Zelige-Caravent www.zelige-caravent.fr
Jean-Benoît Cavalier's website
with a very interesting seasonal "winegrowers calendar"
and it's archives over several years.
Château de Lascaux Château de Lascaux
A wine-selling site, very well done, a pleasure
to look at, clear & sober layout but warm look,
nice photos, well explained & interesting philosophy,
and - last but not least - a great collection of wines.
Terroir Languedoc Terroir Languedoc
Fadat présents a very lively
and colourful site, just as his wines.
Impressing for the superb photographs of work
in the vineyard and in the cellar.
Domaine d'Aupilhac Domaine d'Aupilhac
Daniel Roche animates this very active wine-club.
Tastings, wine-travel, special events . . .
Very interesting & abundant archives
of well classified tasting comments. In french.
L'Epivuvin www.epicuvin.com
Another german wine marchant
fond of french wines...
Le Charreau
The official site of the "appellation contrôlée"
PIC SAINT LOUP winegrower's syndicate.
with a complete map & list of the estates.
Le Syndicat du Cru Le Syndicat des vignerons
du Pic Saint Loup
The official site of the "Côteaux du Languedoc",
general "appellation contrôlée" of the Languedoc.
With a vast database of adresses
of vinegrowers and estates.
Les Côteaux du Languedoc Le Syndicat des
Coteaux du Languedoc
We often come back to this german site
searching information of a particular wine or estate.
Look at the "winzer"-page, you'll be
impressed by the sheer number of domains,
everyone with a detailed description...
Pinard de Picard www.pinard-de-picard.de

restaurants :

Graham Tigg's gold-mine
of restaurants in Languedoc & Roussillon.
Detailed reviews based on his flair and attention
to all those details necessary
to make a meal a feast.
Graham Tigg's Languedoc Reviews Graham Tigg's Languedoc Reviews
This is one of the good tips of Mr. Tigg,
we'd never have discovered this place without him.
Since, it's one of our very favorites.
Elegant and refined, but unfussy cooking,
good wine-list, neat but sober decoration
and a straightforward and unfussy hospitality.
Le Vieux Pont Le Vieux Pont
What to tell of that magic place ?
The perfection, of course, but without the charge
of the superfluous, straight to the essence.
Take at least some time for their site,
you'll enjoy the trip...
Restaurant Michel Bras Michel Bras

holidays - activities :

Grand Pic Saint-Loup office tourism.
All you need to discover the region and prepare your stay.

A french writers & readers association:

Ils cultivent les mots
s'enracinent au pays
ont le goût, l'à propos
aiment les lieux de vie...
Cépages d'encres
Kevin Jones offers intense & very lively,
good humoured english courses,
awfully efficient...  
Les Ecologistes de l'Euzière offer trainings and workshops
about ecology and environmental topics,
edit books about nature's treasures in our
southern french countryside, the "Garrigue".
Ecologistes de l'Euzière
A french site with a lot of information about
our neighbourhood, the Pic Saint Loup country.
Adresses, dates, photographs...
www.loupic.com www.loupic.com
A german repertory of holiday-accommodation,
all over the world. Well organised and classified,
with often very detailed information
and many photographs.
www.urlaub-anbieter.com www.urlaub-anbieter.com
Alastair Sawday has created this series of
"off the beaten track" accommodation-guides.
Perfect for those who look for individual
and more small places to stay for their holidays.
Alastair Sawday's Special Places www.sawdays.co.uk
For real lovers of horses & nature: Claudio can show
you the secrets of the Camargue and its white horses
in a laid back and unfussy way..
Les Randonneurs Amis de la Camargue
In Faugères, at the edge of the village,
thère is a beautiful old "maison vigneronne",
carefully restored by Régine & Christian Godefroid.
And as they are wine buffs, too,
they offer wine tours and nearly all wines
of Faugères in their wine shop..
La Vigneronne La Vigneronne
A nice bed & breakfast
in Menton Provence - Côte d'Azur.
Chambre d'hôte à Menton www.menton-
Located by the sea, in the Asturias in northern Spain,
this hotel has been built from the ruins
of one of those ancient, square asturian farmhouses,
but with a remarkably contemporary interior design.
Once again, no fuss, but a perfect harmony
of materials and colours, and a very gentle welcome.
Hotel Torre de Villademoros La Torre de Villademoros
A dream of a hotel - not for luxury,
but the light, serene artmosphere of the place,
the sober, tasteful renovation of the old house,
the organic food & ecological orientation of the hotel,
its generosity & charm, and THAT view..

Hostal Empuries
We had to go there, because again and again
guests told us of this welcoming place
high upon the cliffs of Normandy
Now we are charmed, too, so much we felt "at home".
It's not far from the tunnel, so it may be
of some interest for the British...
Les Tourelles Les Tourelles
Our holiday hideaway since several years,
in the breathtaking Douro-valley in Portugal,
with its high mountainsides all sculpted with terraces.
Good accommodation on the estate, and - of course -
lots of information about Port and making Port.
La Quinta de la Rosa La Quinta de la Rosa
A discovery on the net,
and we're completely charmed... the most charming
tender & poetical website we know.
A real gem - we HAD to go to see & feel the place.
In fact it is - at least - as beautiful as on the website,
and Lucas & Blanca, the owners, are extremely welcoming.
We will return, that's surel
La Posada de Babel La Posada de Babel

...and also:

Pascale Scarabin is a singer,
teacher & coach,
in Claret nearby..
Pascale Scarabin Pascale Scarabin

Voilà une petite sélection - forcément incomplète - de ce qu'on apprécie ou trouve intéressant.
Si vous avez d'autres sites - ou endroits, ou opinions - à partager, à vos plumes !


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