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Posted in by Caspar Bowes
22 March 2012
Gigondas was one of the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages until 1971, when it was granted its own appellation.The town is stunning, strewn, as it is, amidst the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The town itself dates from Roman times.There are a number of worthy restaurants in the town, bu…
A visit to the ruined castle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is always on the cards, especially as there is a rather nifty restaurant just downslope: Les Vergers des Papes. Go there only if you can handle dour staff.In some ways, the wines of Châteauneuf are precise opposites to those of Burgundy…
I always make a detour to get this view from the top of the Hill of Hermitage each time I visit the region. Note the closeness of the valley walls, walls that form a funnel down which the Mistral wind is squeezed and through which it gathers force: a power expended in the southern part of the valley…
Posted in by Caspar Bowes
19 March 2012
I took this shot after lunch in Tournon. From that bank, one looks back at Tournon's twin of Tain l'Hermitage, the pair separated by the mighty Rhône. You can see a great deal of building taking place in Tain and, indeed, Tain seems the younger twin by some margin, lacking the character and, y…
I took this bit of film standing on a pontoon jetty on the River Rhône just down from the domaine of René Rostaing in Ampuis...in the wind, evidently.…
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