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Abbaye de Lérins Wine and Steak au Poivre its Heavenly

By David Scott Allen

Susan and Towny, and their daughter Alex, came to Tucson at the end of July. With them, they brought – among other wines – this gem. I am sorry to inform you that this isn’t a wine you will be able to get in the United States, and it would be pretty hard to get it in France, too, unless you were to head to l’Abbaye de Lérins (on an island) and get a bottle yourself. That said, you just might want to do that. What are a few plane rides, a long drive, and a ferry ride when there is good wine to be had?

…Continue reading here for this contributor blog post by Provence WineZine and this wine:

Cuvée: Vielles Syrah, Saint Sauveur
Appellation: Vins de Pays de Méditerranée
Type: Red
Vintage: 2011
Grape Varieties: Vielle Syrah 100%
Alcohol: 15.5%
Average Retail Price: €42.00

Abbaye de Lérins Wine

The bottle that we had the pleasure of tasting from the Abbaye de Lérins winery on Ile Saint HonoratThis is one of two islands just a 15-minute ferry ride off the coast from Cannes. The islands are a popular day-trip for boaters as there is plenty of space to drop anchor and enjoy the warm Mediterranean water before (or after) lunch at la Tonnelle.

L’île Saint Honorat is home to 19th century Abbaye de Lérins has been a religious refuge for 16 centuries. Its separation from the mainland afforded the monks from the Cistercian Congregation of the Immaculate Conception a place for reflection. L’ile Saint Honorat’s enviable position near the coast with moderate breezes have allowed the community of monks to live a chaste life surviving off the kitchen garden, local seafood and, of course, some wine. Escape Cannes to the wine of Ile St Honorat and some of the best day trips along the Côte d’Azur.


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Susan Newman Manfull

Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the next thing I knew we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enroll our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favorite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavor to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and for The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobaors , conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from the regions of Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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