Our good friend and former owner of this house, Robert Reboul, was 100% provençal by birth and by temperament. He had his own olive trees and picked and cured them himself. He had his own vineyards and made wine for his own use and that of his friends. And he made a variety of other native concoctions as well … and it all took place in this marvellous cellar. His spirit still lives on here today.
When eating in Bistrot 40K, you are welcome to come down into the Reboul cellar to select your own bottle of wine to have with dinner. The wine selection is true to the spirit of the Bistrot itself with all wines being grown and made within 40 kilometres of Crillon le Brave. Many of these are very reasonably-priced Ventoux AOC wines that are fresh blends of grenache, syrah and other local cépages that drink well after as little as a year or two in the bottle.
We are particularly proud to be associated with the following fine domaines:
Domaine du Tix, Mormoiron
Marie Pirsch and Philippe Danel are good friends and great wine-makers. Native Parisians who fell in love with the region and its wines, their lovely domaine sits on the flank of the beautifully-named Colline de Notre-Dame des Anges and Tix is well-known for its white viognier, its classic syrah/Grenache red, and fresh rosés.
Château d’Unang, Malemort du Comtat
James and Joanna King are also relatively recent immigrés having left their native Scotland for warmer climes when they bought and restored the beautiful Château d’Unang. They gave new life to the château’s wine production in 2003 and their success in local and international markets is noticeable. Using low yields and evolving their entire production over to organic processes, the Kings are making their own mark in the re-named appellation that is Ventoux AOC.
Château Pesquié, Mormoiron
We have a special affection for Château Pesquié as its birth coincided with our own in 1989. Paul and Edith Chaudiére (with Edith’s parents M & Mme Bastide) created this marvellous domaine and were some of the first grape-growers to recognise the benefits of making their own wines, instead of doing this through the local cave coopérative. The original quartet have gradually passed the baton onwards to the next generation, brothers Frédéric and Alexandre, who have taken the wine and its renowned reputation to a wider global market of connaisseurs.