Touring the south of France on our HD motorbikes we passed by Chateau L'Hospitalet, the home of Gerard Betrand wines. We started with an interesting tour of the chateau, professionally guided by Thibaut de Braquilanges (Global Travel Retail Director), including a walk through the vineyard itself and the cave with its huge stock of aging wines,....very impressive. After that we enjoyed a light lunch on the terrace at restaurant L'Art de Vivre of Chef de Cuisine Laurant Chabert, who prides himself to champion a kind of farm to fork cuisine sourcing as much as possible seasonal produce from the surrounding region. We started with a refreshing amuse buche, followed by, as entree, Green Asparagus from Narbonne/Collioure Ansjovy/low temperature cooked quail egg/sorbet and as main course Steamed Seabass filet/green peas/kitchen garden vervena/lemon grass; all exquisite in taste and great presentation. Further enhancing the food was a beautiful Gerard Betrand Volcanic Rose, Chateau La Sauvageonne, 2016. Impressed by the overall lunch experience (service was very attentive and friendly!), we decided to return the same evening for the "Jazz on Friday", with as jazz band "Boni & Co" and a set menu with accompanying wines. The menu consisted of "Oeuf Bio Mollet en Croute d'herbes" (amazing presentation!!!), "Declinaison de Chevre de Combebelle" and "Tartelette Contemporaine Carotte Orange (very much interesting mix of carrot and orange!) with as accompanying wines "Chateau l'Hospitalet Art de Vivre AOP Coteaux du Languedoc 2016, Domaine de Villemajou AOP Corbieres Boutenac 2015 and Muscat de Rivesaltes AOP Muscat de Rivesaltes 2015. As for the lunch, also this Jazz dinner was superb, with the same perfect combination of great food and wine and friendly attentive service, further enhanced by the live jazz music with the band playing an interesting mix of jazz, soul and some 80's music that got many of the diners on the dance floor. Without any doubt one of the must do stops whilst in the south of France and for those after an extraordinary experience of gastronomy and on Fridays also some entertainment.
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