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Domaine Richeaume: Taking the Provencal Wine Road Less Travelled

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull:

Sylvain Hoesch was not going to be a winemaker. “No,” he answered, rather emphatically for a man who seemed to have such a quiet demeanor. “I was sure I was going to do something else.”

Hoesch grew up on Domaine Richeaume, the 65-hectare (160-acre) estate his parents bought in 1972 when Hoesch’s father Henning decided to abandon his canon law professorship at Yale to pursue his dream of living a life centered on “old agricultural methods.” Or, so the story goes. Once the couple laid eyes on this property, I imagine it was not difficult to pack up and move to Provence.

…Continue reading here to read Susan’s detailed post on Domaine Richeaume located just minutes outside of Aix-en-Provence. This vineyard runs somewhat agains the “grain” producing almost exclusively red wine in an area that is awash in rosé. Although, the winery is located within the Côtes de Provence appellation this winemaker felt the limitations to be too confining for his wine so you will find Indication Geographique Protégée (IGP) on their bottles. If you get a chance to try the wine from Domaine Richeaume you will immediately understand the “quality before quantity” philosophy.

Via:: Provence WineZine


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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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