On the edge of the village of Faugères stands an impressive 19th century ‘Vigneronne’ or winemaker’s house which is so much more than its name implies. Belgian couple, Christian and Régine Godefroid, have restored and extended the property which now houses the winery and cellars plus a wine boutique and five smart-rustic chambres d’hôte rooms. Régine is an impeccable host and her regional table d’hôte cooking is delicious. Christian’s vineyards are on higher ground just outside the village where he cultivates 5 hectares of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre and grenache blanc vines. The white grenache ‘Soif de Toi’ is a fresh, floral wine whose clean palate and notes of lime blossom make a perfect accompaniment to Régine’s warm salad of Pelardon goat’s milk cheese with garlic, thyme and honey. The red ‘de Chair et de Sang’ (60% mourvèdre, 40% grenache) is full of aromatic concentrated fruit and an elegant minerality coming from the micaceous subsoil hereabouts. Good food, fine wines, a wonderful house full of charm and hospitality all surrounded by the pretty hills of Faugères; the Godefoids fell in love with La Vigneronne and so do their guests.
La Vigneronne, Faugères.