Each years, many travellers flock to the Provence region in Southern France to sample the vast array of locally produced wines and cheeses available, and what better way to accompany their foodie themed trip than a luxurious countryside stay at the stunning Hotel Crillon le Brave.
Tucked away in the Provençal hills, Crillon le Brave epitomises the French way of living, just steps from some of the most abundant vineyards in the country, and boasting an unrivalled cheese and wine menu across its restaurants. Whether feasting on a gourmet dinner at the signature Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet, celebrating local, rustic produce at Bistrot 40k, or having a quick, casual breakfast or lunch at Le Grange, hungry guests will be delighted and excited by the extensive traditional French fare on offer at this magical five-star hotel.
Crillon le Brave’s resident Maître fromagère, Claudine Vigier, curates the hotel’s extensive selection of cheeses daily, all sourced from her local cheese shop in Carpentras. Having worked in the region for 35 years, Claudine is the leader in her trade, and is renowned for proudly presenting her produce as works of art. Claudine’s top recommendations for the best cheeses to try while dining at Crillon le Brave’s Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet include her fabulous creations: fourme des dentelles affiné au Beaumes de Venise (blue cheese flavoured with muscat de Beaumes de Venise), le dartagnant affiné au marc de Châteauneuf du Pape (cow milk, ripened with Châteauneuf du Pape wine), the secret de Provence ripened with Ventoux truffles, and the Tournesol with raisins and infused with bourbon.
Following a cheesy feast, why not try one of the many beautiful village and vineyard cycle routes on offer, allowing guests to lazily pedal their way through stunning scenery on a complimentary bike courtesy of the hotel. Starting off the trip at Bedoin, the cycle takes guests around the famous wine-rich Mont Ventoux, through to the charming village of Mormoiron, home to beautiful old fountains and plenty of wine production using the fruits of the Ventoux Vineyards, unparalleled in the region for their production and variation.
The Ventoux Vineyards make up only a portion of Crillon le Brave’s impressive 35-page wine list, put together by the hotel’s resident Sommelier, Benoit Liébus. For those wanting a more in-depth introduction into the wines of the region before tasting them, Crillon le Brave offers a trip to nearby Domaine du Tix to try the local Ventoux wines, or a slightly longer drive to La Nerthe in Châteauneuf du Pape with famous wine names such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Beaumes de Venise all grown in the surrounding vineyards.
On their return, guests can test their newfound wine expertise with a personal tasting with Benoit in the beautifully traditional Cave Reboul. Benoit will guide you through his favourite wines, so that wine buffs will now know the exact right choice for any occasion and any palette. Benoit’s top recommendations for the local wines that guests should try include: Vin de pays du Vaucluse viognier, Domaine du tix 2015 blanc, Ventoux, Terrasses d’éole, Mistrau, 2014 rouge, Ventoux, and Domaine de Fondrèche, 2016 rosé.
Nightly rates at Crillon le Brave are available from €330/£293 per room per night for two people sharing a classic room including breakfast. (prices correct to today’s exchange rate)
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