We finally moseyed over to Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois… Why? Because this small village in the Hérault department is endowed with a magical wine shop! Here you’ll find David Aumont who’s been dolling out low-intervention bottles (and the occasional rare find) for over 10 years now. His stash is among the least expensive in the region, like Jardin, a 2018 Carignan from the local Zélige-Caravent estate (€18) or Minimus, a Aveyron Fer Servadou produced by Nicolas Carmarans (€15). Not to mention the wines from Dard & Ribo, Casot des Mailloles, François Saint-Lô or Mosse… Also worth exploring is the small selection of Belgian beers (including a Cantillon Kriek at €12.80 for 750 ml) along with the well-stocked collection of spirits, including Black Bull Whiskey (€37 for 700 ml) and Panamanian rum from the Compagnie des Indes (€86 for 700 ml). A true festival of good libations, which you can take to go or open up in house, in exchange for a €10 corkage fee, alongside some stinky cheeses (Muscadet-cured Curé Nantais, raw milk Chaource), Milanese salami and Nardín smoked anchovies, all while relaxing on the raised terrace among the trees. // Gwen Jacquère
The bullet-proof bottle: Bijou, 2014 Beaujolais wine produced by Jules Métras (€15).