Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chateauneuf du Pape wine and more....

Chateauneuf du Pape is the king of the wine in our region.

When one want to discover Chateauneuf du Pape, you better prepare your day ahead.
With more than 300 estates to choose from, tricky to decide which you'll want to go to.

In order to prepare yourself, here are a few tips :
- Don't miss out the White Chateauneuf (around 5% of the production which we keep for ourselves and don't export)
- Check opening time and don't go on Sunday
- There is not ONE type of red chateauneuf but many. Many rules applies to the appelation but one can use any of the 13 allowed grapes in their wine. As for vinification, 3 types are used, the traditionnal, the contemporary and the modern.
- For more details on the terroir and the wine, visit Musée du vin Maison Brotte 
- A walking trail is arranged by the Tourist Office near the Place de la Renaissance Car park
- You'll get to know all about the different types of Grapes by the castle (plot with explanation on all grapes)
- For yummy tommy, visit Chocolaterie Castelain

Should you want to taste different types of wine, you better visit several estates or stick to one of the shop in town like Vinadea located in the town centre.

On of my favourite estate is  Chateau La Nerthe but many other are fantastic.
The visit of Chateau La Nerthe (12€ incl tasting, reservation advisable) takes you through its 16th C cellars which are amongst the oldest in town.

I also recommend visiting  Alain Jaume Domaine du Grand Veneur where you can taste their Chateauneuf and many other appelation they produce.
The winery is one of the only winery around to also offer a full tour of the property (available Tuesday to Saturday).
From 10h30 to 11h30 : discovery of the terroir with the walk admist the vineyard
followed by the winery visit and tasting from 11h30 to 12h30 (10€ per person).
And you can stay for lunch with wine pairing (6 wines incl at 55€, 9 wines incl 65€).
Reservation mandatory.

You can visit Chateauneuf on foot, on ebike (renting in Orange), on 2 CV citroen car...
Several guides offer different types of tours from General to "pro".
And for party of 6 or more, private lunch can be organised in some winery.

So you get it, Chateauneuf is worth a visit and if you have question, please mail me

Below, pictures I took last year

Chateauneuf du Pape on April 10th 2016
Grape bud April 30th

Chateau Vaudieu on April 30th

May 7th
May 7th

Chateau vaudieu end of May
June 4th
June 18th

June 18th

June 25th
July 1st
Grape on July 1st

July 9th

July 16th

July 16th

September 10th

September 10th

September 17th

September 24th

October 1st

October 1st

October 8th

October 8th

October 15th

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Exhibition Paul Rebeyrolle at Musée Estrine Saint Remy de Provence 2017

Yesterday was the opening of the new exhibition at Musée Estrine in Saint Rémy.

Curator Elisa Farran was so happy to share Paul Rebeyrolle's work since it was on her bucket list since she joined the museum 10 years ago and today her dream comes true.

Reknown artist of the second half of the 20th Century, Paul Rebeyrolle who was considered as one of the major painter by philosophes such as Jean Paul Sartre  and Michel Foucault, revived the figurative painting after WWII.

Adept of the realism, Rebeyrolle added organic element such as straw, gravel, wood in his painting and the wild life plays a major role in his work.

The exhibition, running until July 23rd, features a large number of animal painting coming mostly from private collections.

If you like Bacon, you should like Rebeyrolle.

The first floor permanent exhibition is this year arranged around colour and emotion in painting.

Musée Estrine  
open everyday but Monday from 10am to 6pm (closed from noon to 2pm in April and Oct)
Entrance fee 7€
Joined ticket with the Van Gogh Fondation in Arles 12€
Audio guides can be rented from the desk for the  Van Gogh Interpretration Centre

Some history about the Musée Estrine 

Opening Day on March 18th 2017 Musée Estrine

Paul Rebeyrolle

Right : The daughter of the artist

View of a room of the permanent exhibition on the First Floor

"Three themes" 1934 by Saint Remy Artist Albert Gleizes

"Alicante" 2001, Thomas Fougeirol

"Eight bottle" 2000, Michel Potage

"Tryptic with no title" 2009,  Annabelle Milon

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Carrieres de Lumieres new 2017 exhibition

We were many, last Friday evening,  to queue for the opening night of the famous Carrières de Lumière (Quarry of light) in les Baux de Provence to discover the latest show.

This year's show presents works from
Jerome Bosch (NL 1450-1516) Primitive Flemish
Pieter "the old" Brueghel (NL 1525-1569) Renaissance Flemish
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (IT 1527-1593) famous for its "phytomorph painting"

As well as a short movie around the life of French movie director Georges Melies (1861-1938).

Over the years, I never found a proper way to describe the Carrières de Lumières and now stick to "99% of the people I took there loved it and were amazed". Just enjoy walking inside the painting and merge in them.

This year's new technology present movement in the painting.

The main show runs for 40 minutes, followed by the short 10 minutes Melies show.
The show runs permanent so, if you walk in during the show, you'll be able to see what you missed later.

Carrières de Lumières
Les Baux de Provence
9.30 to 7pm (April to October)
Last entrance 6pm
Entrance 12 €
Until January 7th 2018

My advise :
Don't forget to bring a sweater as temperature inside the quarry is rather cool (in the 60s even in warm weather).
As you walk in, step aside for a few seconds in order to "ajust yourself" in the moving images.