L’ABBAYE DE FONTFROIDE – Rd 613, 11100 Narbonne
This place is so much more than a wine producer and a wine shop. Prepare for a whole day trip and take a guided tour of the old monastery from 1093 or just walk around in the relaxing park. You might want to take a more demanding hike in the lovely environment or do some shopping in the gift-shop. A must is to have lunch in the beautiful restaurant - La Table de Fontfroide - whose historic predecessors have been serving food to travelers since the end of the 11th century. To test the wine from the vine-yard together with the magnificent food is the best way to know what you want to take home afterwards.
The wine shop offers four red wines of AOP Corbières, and three white and one rosé of the same appellation. They also have one white and one rosé of Vdp d’Oc. A very interesting and pleasant wine is their Muscat sec, which is not really dry – they themselves call it “moêlleux”, which is sweetish and very fruity. They sell it in half liter bottles and it is perfect with “foie gras”, with blue cheese or as an aperitif.
Their wines have names that fit the historic heritage, like Deo Gratias (Thank God), which is the top cuvee, Laudamus (praising), Ocellus (little eye) and Frère Convers (a monastic title).
In the church concerts and plays are organized and in the beautiful monastery they arrange flower exhibitions and a lot of other interesting event through the year.
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