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In the heart of the Languedoc, in style

We didn’t know what to expect. Or rather we knew it would be a high quality, interesting, friendly, well-informed week in our favourite part of France.  But we have never been wine-tasting, were wary of wine snobbery, reluctant to spit out a good mouthful of a stunning wine but can’t imagine good food without good wine.  And then, what would our companions be like?  We weren’t worried - just conscious we were entering a week of novelty.

So we threw ourselves into Jean-Michel’s life and it was wonderful.  He is a delightful host, chauffeur, steeped in this territory (we met his mother in the market) and clearly an expert recognised by the domains we visited.  He had found a beautiful house for us to stay in – with a pool (for the next trip perhaps).  Huge variety – one day a barbecue Huge variety – one day a barbecue tasting the wine made by one man working on his own; he had bottled his annual 8,000 bottles the day before.  Next, a smart, international, but still hand-made, domain, bottling 9 million bottles a year with a very elegant restaurant.  Lunch overlooking the blue Mediterranean; then in the St Chinian mountains.  Stunning food, from foie gras lollipops to a picnic amongst the vines, with hampers, tables, and wine tasting.  And so it went on.

It was the best holiday we have ever had – and we are thinking we might go again.  Our companions were great, knowledgeable and ready to make the whole trip fun. 

Jean-Michel is a star – a man of energy, style and determined that we would enjoy the food and wine of his beloved Languedoc.

 14 May 2016
Geoff Pearson
Edinburgh
gspearson@btopenworld.com