We’re back in the Dordogne after an absence and its good to be back in this peaceful rural village life.
The first thing we notice is the Quiet. We hear birds singing and the church bell signalling the hours. We rarely hear traffic in our ‘off piste’ area. A refreshing change to city sounds.
The other thing we notice is that the village lights have been dimmed and a once bright light near us has been extinguished so the light pollution, which we are all increasingly aware of, has been reduced. The night sky is more pronounced and nocturnal animals and insects will be thankful.
We are aware of a large increase in the amount of acreage under fruit trees: primarily apples in our area, a seemingly significant crop diversification.
Another sign we see of changing times is the increased number of ‘set aside’ acreage, where vines have been removed as part of a strategy of reducing wine production in keeping with the noted international reduction in wine consumption.
We hear also of the devastating loss of the merlot harvest for several of the winemakers in the area caused by a severe mildew situation.
These are all the quick impressions upon our return.
On a culinary and wine tasting note, our attention is also taken with two delicious red Bergerac wines that we enjoy. A bottle of Chateau Corbiac 2014, a Pécharmont appellation wine from our own cellar that we enjoyed with family and friends chez nous and the other, a Chateau Tour des Gendres 2020 enjoyed at L’Atelier, a restaurant in Issigeac, after a visit to the Sunday morning market.
I wrote about a visit to Chateau Tour Des Gendres in 2013. Yes, 10 years ago! when we were impressed by their organic approach to wine production.
Here’s the reference:
I recall we felt a magical energy to Tour des Gendres then and, as I wrote at the time, if a unicorn had suddenly appeared it would not have come as a surprise!
The overwhelming enjoyment of this wine from Chateau Tour des Gendres at our table at L’Atelier will lead to us making a return visit!
The Chateau Corbiac 2014 wine mentioned above was one of a half dozen we bought a few years ago. At nearly 10 years old, it is on excellent form: rich, fruity with hints of chocolate and that depth of flavour that one can enjoy in these well made Bergerac Region wines at a reasonable alcohol level of 13.5%.
The family at Chateau Corbiac have been making wine in the Pécharmont area of the Bergerac wine region there for 15 generations.
Both these wines remind us of the high quality of the wines available in this area at reasonable prices and I am conscious of how much I enjoy these ‘Bordeaux blend’ style of wines.
It’s good to be back in this beautiful part of the world!