Thursday and Friday were mundane….working on the boat, getting paperwork readied for tax time…..but Saturday morning held a surprise…..our grasshopper had returned to our window……a gentle reminder of our mission here. We took heed and checked the internet to scope out the weekend’s events.
Eureka! There’s a truffle market this morning in Villeneuve Minervois! We checked the map…..it looked like it was about 20 minutes away so we dressed quickly and headed out the door thinking we’d easily find the town by following the signage in the roundabouts.
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry…..Villeneuve Minervois was easily 45 minutes away…..and wasn’t listed on any of the roundabouts. As we passed the last town we thought might lead us to our destination, we decided it was time to take matters into our own hands. We took our best guess and followed a sign to Rieux Minervois…..heck, they both end in “Minervois”…..maybe they’re close to each other. Our plan worked …..
Other booths, selling other delectables, were still open for business so we stopped to taste a few “elixirs” made by a charming gentleman from Limoux. Wait a minute….Limoux? The town that’s known for Blanquette? The original sparkling wine? The wine we promised ourselves we’d go back to try?
We were soon back in the car…..headed to Limoux…..with a tasty bottle of exlixir safely tucked in the trunk.
Our choice was easily narrowed down….only two restaurants were in the glorious sunshine. We chose the busier of the two, the Restaurant la Concorde. The meal was good…..Cassoulet for Craig and Boeuf Bourguignon for me…..but the warm rays of the sun, the clear blue sky, the children playing in the plaza, the soft voices of the other diners…..these are what made the meal memorable.
Our destination winery, Sieur d’Arques, was nearby….an imposing building with an impressive stairway. We tried three sparkling wines…..Blanquette de Limoux (dry with fruity undertones), Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale (the sweet wine originally made by the monks at the Abbey of St-Hilaire) and Crémant de Limoux (very dry and the one most similar to champagne)…..each with varying percentages of the locally grown Mauzac grape. We made our purchases (a bottle of each) and headed home.
Work can wait ’til tomorrow…..today was for playing.