Les Ecluses | Natural wine | Salelles d'Aube | France

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Les Ecluses
Restaurants and bars
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 68 46 94 47
Address: 20 Grand Rue
Salleles d'Aude, Languedoc
Country: France

Les Ecluses was a bit of a surprise. On a trip down out of the mountainous area behind St Jean de Minervois we found a restaurant that specialised in natural wines of the area and served very good food in a small and unremarkable village near the Canal du Midi!
Many of our favourite natural wines of the area were available including those of Cyril Fhal from Domaine Clos du Rouge Gorge, Domaine Gauby, Domaine Leon Barral, Yannick Pelletier and Loic Roure from Domaine du Possible. They even had a wine from Antoine Arena from Corsica!
The food is presented very simply and without artifice. Not a squiggle in sight!
The best dish was a confit duck leg that had been cooked as well as any we have had in any restaurant anywhere. The skin was crispy perfection and the meat fell off the bone. The level of saltiness was perfect.
We accompanied the duck confit with the "C'est pas la mer a boire" from Domaine du Possible and it fresh liveliness made it the perfect accompaniment.

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