Le Tourne au Verre bar and restaurant in Cairanne, France | Natural wine

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Open: Tue - Sat from 9am, Sun from 10am
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 90 30 72 18
Address: 5 route de Carpentras
Cairanne, Provence, 84290
Country: France

Le Tourne au Verre is a very pleasant wine bar and restaurant right in the centre of the wine village of Cairanne. The no-choice lunch menu represents extraordinary value for money.
On the first of our visits the lunch consisted of a salad of fresh leaves topped with a pastry case enclosing some fine goats cheese as a first course. Next came a dish of blaquette de veau with amazingly tender and deeply-flavoured long cooked veal accompanied by white rice and some very good pieces of carrot. Dessert was fromage frais topped with a coulis of red berries followed by a complimentary coffee.
On the next visit we also had the three course menu which consisted of a mushroom parfait nestled in well-dressed salad green, a leg of chicken sitting on green beans and potatoes and a slice of banana cake.
The wine offering is also very clever. They do not confine themselves to their geographic location but rather choose wines from a number of regions - many of which are organic, biodynamic or natural. For the whites we chose locally with a Domaine Gramenon Cotes du Rhone Blanc and a Domaine Presidente from Cairanne (hence a Cotes du Rhone Villages). On our first visit we saw a Domaine Rimbert "Chant de Marjolaine" from the Saint Chinian area. This is a lovely wine made from that difficult grape Carignan which seems to thrive in the schist soils of the area. However we were delighted on our most recent visit to spy a Clos la Neore Sancerre from the village of Chavignol by Domaine Edmond Vatan in the characteristic green bottle with the minimalist label. This is a stunning wine of great complexity and finesse - we thoroughly enjoyed it.
On our 2011 visit we were delighted to again meet Philippe Bornard from the Jura who wandered in for lunch while we were dining there. We were also delighted to again enjoy another bottle of the Clos la Neore Sancerre.
Le Tourne au Verre always delivers a very simple yet very satisfying meal.

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