For some time I have been trying to find a particular red wine that we really enjoyed on our holidays last year. It is a provincal red from Chateau La Conorgue in the Luberon, it is made from the same grape varieties that I like from southern rhone but alongside is a big hit of wild herbs.
I eventually tracked it down to Yapp bros, and my order duly arrived yesterday. Great service and a lovely wine. Worthwhile investigating their site as it is fairly specialised and offers some interesting wines.
At the same time we have been discussing where we would like to go on holiday this year and looking for some inspiration I vaguely remembered a film set in Provence starring Russell Crowe, on investigation I found that it is called “A good year”. I half expected it to be Maximus meets Peter Mayle so despite RC’s involvement, we rented the movie through lovefilm and settled down to watch it the next evening. Well blow me down as it is set in a vineyard and yes you guessed it. It was filmed at Chateau La Canorgue. It’s a pleasant feel-good film and solved our holiday conumdrum.
Part of the film’s plot is the wine maker is making a secret wine in the corner of the vineyard. Its grape varieties do not meet the strict French AOC so he cannot sell it. His regular wine is undrinkable but CP Coin Perdu is very special and changes hands for an awful lot of money.
This leads me to the second coincidence. I am reading Jancis Robinson’s site and she mentions that a wine maker called Arnoud Christiaens is secretly buying up plots close to the Bordeaux first growths and trying to beat them at their own game and then marketing the wine as “Le secret des Grands Chefs. It must be frustrating if you are battling a system of quality which remains fairly unchanged since 1855. But more of that next time….