Court la Vigne

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A sprawling Chasselas grapevine runs along the façade of this old sheepfold located in a village classified amongst the most beautiful in France. A picturesque ambiance is pretty much guaranteed – think small, warm lounges, a striking upright piano, shelves of books and timeworn furniture… This is where Zora Watel serves her husband’s clever plates: an earthy bouillon of escargot from Antoine, with plenty of fresh herbs, lettuce, wild garlic and pepper; young duck prepared two ways – medium-rare breast and rich thigh confit in hay, plus spring vegetables (spinach, carrots, turnips); farm-fresh goat and tomme cheese aged with care; then a rather dense chocolate lava cake refreshed by whipped cream and chocolate ice cream. // G.D.

FEELING THIRSTY? There’s an eclectic selection: a Languedoc white from L’Enclos de La Croix (€4 a glass); an Ardèche from Mazel (€20 a bottle); Brutal, an Auvergne from Patrick Bouju (€26); or a Côtes-de-la-Charité red from the Domaine du Bourg d’Oiseau (€26).

PRICE: Menus €28, kids’ menu €10.

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