Whether your glass is half-empty or half-full – either literally or figuratively – might dictate whether you think Le Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure has chosen the right location for its shop. The building stands alone on a potentially dangerous bend on the busy N21 road south of Bergerac.
Of course, its location is dictated, at least in part, by that of the vineyard.
What awaits visitors who pull off the main road is some terrific wine – and excellent customer service.
I first visited the shop on a damp, uninspiring winter’s day, much like today. The building offered some respite from the elements.
A friend had advised against sampling their wines. “Nothing on that road is any good,” she reasoned. Admittedly, the only other vineyard offering dégustations on the N21 is the Château de Planques – home of plonk – so I could see her point.
The young man who greeted us when we stepped inside couldn’t have been more charming. He led us to a large wooden table and offered to talk through the wines in French or English. We opted for French – it felt more authentic.
The vineyard produces a range of both red and white wines, from its entry-level blends to its top wine, the immodestly titled L’Extase.
We came away with a selection that we have enjoyed both during our stay in the Bergerac area and at home.
“We came away with a selection that we have enjoyed both during our stay in the Bergerac area and at home”
Flatteringly, despite the number of people he must meet each year, the man in the shop recognises us each time we go back.
Great service, great wine – what more could you want?