Wines along the coast to Fréjus
By Elizabeth Gabay MW
This Guide was last updated on 15 January 2010
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Address: Ile de Porquerolles,
Tel: 04 94 58 31 44 Fax: 04 94 58 34 12
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 43:0:10N (43.00269) Longitude: 6:12:24E (6.20673)
Founded in 1983 by the architect Henri Vidal, with winemaker Richard Auther from Alsace. The wines from this most southerly of French vineyards caused a stir when they first reached the market. Their full-bodied rich Mourvèdre reds and round ripe Rolle whites showed an intensity found up to then only in New World wines. Despite its hot southerly location, the maritime climate of the Porquerolles island provides much needed moisture and to top it all – there can be few such locations for a vineyard. Mr Auther definitely recommends staying overnight to enjoy the island fully – the majority of visitors are day-trippers to the beach – however be warned, it is an expensive place to stay. Le Mas du Langoustier (Tel: 04 94 58 30 09 web:www.langoustier.com) is a one-Michelin star restaurant (menu: €58-€110).
Useful information: Although the cellars are open for tasting Monday to Friday 08.30-16.00 during the summer, it is best to call in advance to confirm or to arrange tasting later in the day or out of season. Any wine purchased can be delivered to the harbour for the return boat journey.
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