Château Maucoil, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Monday 25th July 2011


Relaxing after bike ride in Portiragnes Plage


It’s been a wonderful week with the Saysells at Portiragnes and managed to fit in two celebrations: a 50th wedding anniversary at the best restaurant I’ve been to, ‘Octopus’, in Béziers, where we all enjoyed a magnificent nouvelle cuisine meal, and Adonis’ birthday yesterday, when he insisted on cooking his famous Moroccan lamb with couscous.  The rest of the time we just lounged around the pool, apart from that cycle ride to Portiragnes Plage, where I swam in the sea.





I had to take Bramble back to the vet this morning and, as stitches had fallen off and the wound was open, I was given some spray at €32: some injury!

So we set off this morning and, after horribly congested roundabout, we joined the A9 towards Montpellier and Avignon and took exit at junction 22 to Orange, past Roquemaure on the D976 and then D17 to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and then the D68 to Château Maucoil.

Chateau Maucoil, Chateauneuf du Pape

Chateau Maucoil, Chateauneuf du Pape,


We got here just after 2 pm, to this France Passion prime site, with some wonderful views over the vineyards and the mountains beyond.  We had usual lunch and then visited the cave to buy some of the local wine for Adonis’ birthday.  Afterwards, I took Bramble for a walk up the road, past another Château (Mont Redon) and continued uphill to some more stunning views and got a bit carried away with it all.  I made it back to the van at 5.20 pm and enjoyed coffee and pear tartelette: a perfect afternoon.



What will tomorrow bring?

Chateau Maucoil, Chateauneuf du Pape,

Chateau Maucoil, Chateauneuf du Pape,












Chateau Mont Redon

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