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Live from Provence – Chateau Margui

November 23rd, 2009


Greetings from the sunny south of France. I could take no more of the rain, so i decided to jump on a plane and visit some of my suppliers. Today I met with the every hospitable Philippe Guillanton of Chateau Margui. His wines are growing in status all over France and beyond. He sells out of the wines every year and is on restaurant lists in the best tables in France. After the visit today, we went to eat at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant , Hostelliere de L’Abbaye in the village of La Celle, just outside Brignoles in Provence. What a treat, and while the cough i am carrying didn’t allow me to savour the food and wine as I might, such was its flavour, it traversed my ailment. i am blaming the plane and the dry air in the hotel for the cough. There has been a lot more work done to Margui since my last visit in May 2008, and the wines are evolving as well. As with many parts of France, the 2009 vendage was a huge success and they are expecting great things. The 2007 Red just arrived into bond and will be on the shelves next week.
As you can see, it is a beautiful place.

Philippe at the main door of the house
Gary Gubbins wondering if it is still raining back in Ireland

Another view

Another view

A short video tour with Philippe and wind blowing in the background.

Professional version