Champagne, origins

Gaillac and Castel de Brames have several surprises for the world.
Only the Champagne department, is allowed by law to call its wines Champagne.
However, at Castel de Brames, Alain Boullenger makes fine a sparking wine using the ancient method from which Champagne originated.
 
In his gift box given to me, Alain has included 2 bottles for lucky me 😀!
 
The origins of Champagne…
Long ago there was a monk who worked with the Gaillac wines at the Abbaye Saint Michele ….
about Champagne
Abbaye Saint Michel, Gaillac

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Christmas Spirit

What did you do today?

Today I revisited Castel de Brames near Gaillac.

Ces images sont un vrai cadeau de Noël, et sous le sapin de Noël …” ~ meaning ?

Thus the story of my day begins to unfold …

For years the proprietor, Alain Boullenger has invited local artists to create a design for his wine bottle labels.

He has a collection of the bottles.

Castel de Brames, Alian Boullenger

Alain had not asked me for a wine label design.

When I tentatively mentioned this he said he asked local artists but could not ask a “great artist“.

I was nonplussed.

L'Occitaine, Castel de Brames
Hyperlink to the painting page > Castel de Brames

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Finest wines in France?

Castel de Brames, I re sampled the wines very recently and have just updated my website page https://artfrickers.com/s-w-france/gaillac/castel-de-brames/, sample and enjoy !

L'Occitaine, Castel de Brames
Castel de Brames

I genuinely thought the wines 2017 and 18 vintages are the best yet and notice their price has doubled to around 8 Euros a bottle; good.
That can only help the value of my painting !

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Wine and sunshine

‘ve been visiting some chateaux and domaines, in brilliant sunshine, it’s even quiet warm here.
I’m catching up with the news, friends and have bought a few bottles mostly for gifts.
i’ll visit a few more and beautiful Albi next week before I point my bow for home.
 
Today I’m going to Toulouse for a ‘business’ meeting with a representative of the Toulouse Business Exchange’.
This will be fun and interesting.
Wish me luck?
Château de Saurs, Gaillac
 
My painting shown here is of Château de Saurs, Gaillac,76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″).
https://artfrickers.com/s-w-france/gaillac/chateau-de-saurs-gaillac/

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Two Green Bottles …

Two bottles of wine, two people.
Yesterday, lunch with Lily from Toulouse who is making a little very welcome visit to recharge her batteries.
 
A friend of mine who runs the all bio Château de Meyragues, un château médiéval à proximité d’Albi in the Gaillac region recons
Château de Meyragues
the best way to drink wine is a magnum for two, ideally with just one doing the drinking …

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Update, Gaillac

“The Port of Gaillac 1863” measures 200 x 100 cm (39″ x 60″), by Gordon Frickers, the page and the ‘Further Reading’ page, updated. A major painting, a major effort, these pages contain much information not readily available elsewhere. https://artfrickers.com/…/gaill…/the-port-of-gaillac-1863-2/ Sold, this painting was commissioned as a foyer centre piece for the Museum ‘inVINcible VIGNEron‘ … Read more

Vivid Sunsets

Is this October or July?  ‘Dunowe’, what I do know is we have excellent light here for painting.   I’ve just upgraded several of The Gaillac Collection‘ pages, the images here are of the domaine du Barry painting, measuring 40 x 48 cm (16” x 19”), oils, available £950., ex frame, ex studio. The astonishingly … Read more

Roman Wine?

Want to try wine the Romans drank?

How do you find a gift for a special for example a wealthy friend? A rare, interesting, delicious wine they simply can’t get is one answer.

Alian de la Castel de Brames
Alian de la Castel de Brames

At Castel de Brames yesterday evening

the heart of L’Occitane

buying wines made from some of the oldest vines in France, (mostly) for gifts.

Castel de Brames
Castel de Brames

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