France: Provence

Aix en Provence and Les Baux

Wines from Aix en Provence and Les Baux de Provence
By Liz Berry MW

This Guide was last updated on 16 February 2010
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Château d'Estoublon

Address: Route de Maussane, 13990 Fontvieille
Tel: 04 90 54 64 00  Fax: 04 90 54 64 01
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:44:7N (43.73523)    Longitude: 4:42:51E (4.71430) 

This traditional stone château was purchased by the Schneider family, of Breitling watches, several years ago, and their ambitious projects include an extensive re-planting of the vineyards; there is a boutique with an excellent range of gourmet items, including a range of sea salts from all parts of the world, decorative sugars, oils, vinegars, teas and coffees; also a tea room, with lunches served. This is well worth a visit for the beautiful architecture, a beautifully restored chapel, the shop and the olive oil. In December the shop expands to a ‘Christmas Fair’, with an excellent choice of gastronomic and other gift ideas. The wines include an opulent, full flavoured wood fermented white, rich, smoky and attractive, and a rewarding, full flavoured and spicy old vines red from Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.

Useful information: From 15 April - 15 September open Monday-Friday 09.00 - 19.00; weekends 10.00 - 19.00. The rest of the year, open only Monday-Friday with a closure for lunch from 12.00 - 13.00.


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