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Guide to the Minervois & Languedoc Roussillon

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Check out my guide to "The Minervois and the South of France"

I've created this guide just for you!  With tips to get you around the Languedoc Roussillon and the Minervois while on your holiday in the South of France.
Let us know what you think about the contents and information found in the booklet, whether you've been here or not, does the guide give you good, interesting information and make you want to visit?  That is our goal, to get you excited about the region we love.
Happy reading and we are looking forward to seeing you soon - A bientot !
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 Thanks again and we look forward to meeting you this summer !

 church from alexisAzille's 14th century church

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 Vineyards and chapels surround the villages

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peaceful walks & surprises

...along the way

 

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 Walks

 

 

 

 

Azille the center of the Minervois, the perfect spot !

 

 ≈ Welcome to our region - come and taste the Sweet Life

Cuisine, a Surprise in Azille

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Eclectic soul food from the Mediterranean & beyond

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Fusion meals made fresh from local ingredients, with a twist...

...La Dolce Vita's Bohemian style of decor and living shows up in the cuisine itself, which you too can experience. Your palette will be titillated with flavors from all over the world, specific to a meal and the seasonal influence of the region itself. Served in the communal dining room or on the rooftop terrace, the meals are catered to your taste and preferences, keeping in mind the flow of harmonious, delicious food - Salivating yet, don't wait!

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   Mexican Pork Mole - in roasted tomato sauce                    Pois-chiche & Israeli couscous salad

fish-taco-condimentsFish tacos & all the fixin's

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            Peking Duck - La Dolce Vita style...

...crepes in the making.

Taste Sensations!

 Meals need to be reserved in advance, with a minimum of 4 at the table, contact us now!

 

Canal du Midi - Cycle for Cancer

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The CFS (Cancer France Support) group is organizing a cycle ride for Cancer Support along the Canal du Midi this June.  Sign-up and ride to support this important cause in France.

 

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More details can be found on the Facebook page 'CSF Canal du Midi Cycle Ride'

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their website http://csfcanaldumidi.org/route-stages/

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you can contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information - reserve your spot now and ride the wind!

Wine in the Minervois - Domaine de Jouarres

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A new chapter in the Minervois wine series - a new domaine with great energy & enthusiasm in Azille's own hamlet.  Run by Nicolas & Vincent Cornus and their father, Jean: the Domaine de Jouarres.

Languedoc-Roussillon has so many wines to offer, so it is nice to see more & more young, up-and-coming wine-makers in the Minervois to really showcase our region with it's strengths & favours

 

Jean Cornus has been growing and harvesting his vineyards in Azille for years, however, all destined for the local cooperative.

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 A few years ago, Nicolas & Vincent, decided they wanted to try their hand in vinification & bottling their own wine.  So, Jean gave them 25 hectares with 3 different grapes varieties to produce about 10,000 bottles - syrah for the red, cabernet-franc for the rose and chardonnay for the white.

Today, they are on their second bottling, with the 2014 ready for tasting in only a few months' time.

Confident and very passionate, the boys happily share the vinification process and offer a very informational & friendly tasting.

 

domaine-jouarres-red-rosedomaine-jouarres-whiteAll 3 wines are young, light & fresh, better for drinking in our hot summer months, here in the South of France.

The Chardonnay is a dry, fruity white, fermented slightly under the average temp's, extracting more flavor with a slower vinification. Great for a chilled aperitif, raw oysters & lightly seasoned shellfish.

The rose, a Cabernet-Franc (mostly seen only in the Anjou), has buttery flavors that pare well with grilled chicken & pork or on its own, just chilled!  The very pale color is achieved with a quick pressing & a 'debourbage', eliminating the sediment.

Another mono-cepage, the Syrah, has a red-fruit nose and tastes of jam with licorice undertones, typical of the varietal. Again, vinified a bit cooler for a lighter, fresher taste, it compliments a nice grilled steak or slightly chilled to start a meal.

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With a clever label, the bottle takes on a fun note - a very original design, it plays into the family name, in French of course.  Cornus, is pronounce the same as Corps Nu, which means nude body!

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During your tasting with the brothers Cornus, you will also be invited to take a walk out to the vineyards and the 17th century aquaduct, built by the Canal du Midi's architect, Pierre-Paul Riquet.  Just beyond the hamlet, the ancient water viaduct runs from the canal, across the vineyards to Homps, and still provides water for the surrounding countryside.

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Domaine de Jouarres can be visited with a wine-tasting, vineyard tour, & a very warm welcome - just a phone call away! You'll feel very much at home with the boys Cornus.

Contact La Dolce Vita directly for more information and to book your tasting soon!

Serenity in Azille in the Minervois

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Azille, a small village in the Minervois wine region in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon, rests in amongst the vineyards in the South of France.

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How often do you see full rainbows while relaxing on your rooftop terrace?  Well, here in this serene village, you'll come upon many colorful light arcs sparkling in the distance, activating your sense of wonder and awe...

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Finding your way to Azille may not be easy, however when you arrive in this hidden sanctuary, seemingly lost  in time, you'll feel the calm wash over you. 

Strolling through the narrow streets will be first on your agenda and you may never see anyone other than a lounging cat high above...

...and the only noise...the squeaking of an old bicycle descending a path somewhere nearby.

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At some point during your stay in this ancient town, the wonderess that you are, will take you down into the vineyards so that you can view Azille from below, while looking up at her beauty above...you'll take your time as you watch the branches sway in the breeze & a smile will appear.

You'll feel the calm, the reason most of the original inhabitants never leave...

 

Being the center of the universe, Azille can take you in any direction for the day to find your pleasure in this still innocent region, a day of self-discovery that you create and for only you to enjoy.  And at the end of that day...return to the welcoming arms of the village and enjoy the evening, sipping the local Minervois wine...gazing over the rooftops of times past...searching...

azille-rooftops-alexis As the sun goes down and the moon floats in, you'll have a sense of peace in this place, a part of your soul will be touched.

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Tranquility & Serenity - come and discover Azille, your new found retreat in the South of France.

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