One of the most exciting things about visiting producers in remote regions is the opportunity to have lunch at quaint, intimate restaurants frequented by locals and utilizing the local ingredients in wine.
In this case, our host at Auberge Nidoleres was the proprietor Mr. Escudie, who in actuality is the owner/winemaker of Domaine de Nidoleres who happens to have built a restaurant in order to better sell his wine.
Mr. Escudie is actually an 8th generation winemaker who farms 6 hectares of vines in a La Lutte Raisonee style.
We start the luncheon with a glass of his delicious white Grenache, that has aromatic fennel flavor, as he talks about his wines. Unlike his father, he is interested in farming in a biodynamic fashion. For example, he prunes when the moon is going down. When asked if he wants to get certification, he explains that it is the process and age-old wisdom of the biodynamic principles that appeal to him, not for the sake of achieving a certificate.
The next wine is a rosé Le Cinsault, a fragrant delicious wine with an appealing pink color. We end the meal with a Syrah based red wine (80%, the other grapes equal amounts of Syrah and Carignan) which is the 2015 Côtes du Roussillon La Pierroune. It is rich and delicious with 13.5% abv and no oak. What a delightful visit to a real traditional farm house style restaurant, with delicious food and wine.