La Courtille | Restaurant | Natural wine | Tavel | France Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

La Courtille
Restaurants and bars
Open: Lunch and dinner Mon - Fri. Note: closed during winter months.
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 6 59 40 47 11
Address: 208 Chemin des Cravailleux
Tavel, 30126
Country: France

La Courtille, in Tavel, just 45 minutes drive from our house in France, is definitely going to become a regular for us. With plenty of support from the Pfifferling family (l’Anglore), the two young owners, who are both alumni of Paris’s Le Baratin are Natalia Crozon (girlfriend of Thibault Pfifferling, Eric Pfifferling’s son), and chef Marie Lézouret.
In summer most people were eating on the expansive terrace which is fully surrounded by imposing stone walls. It’s a most appropriate location for exploring some real Tavel wines (which means rosé) plus there’s a roll call of some of France’s most renowned producers, including Fred Cossard, Jean Foillard, Dominique Belluard, Alice and Olivier de Moor, Thierry Puzelat, and Hervé Souhart.
The menu is thankfully limited with four or five first courses and three mains the day we were there. Highlights were a caponata of eggplant and anchovies, a lamb couscous with vegetables with heaps of flavour (if you eat in restaurants serving natural wines nearly always the vegetables will be grown organically too and most likely be sourced locally).
Close to Avignon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and just off an exit from the A9 autoroute which takes you between the Languedoc to Provence, this restaurant is perfectly placed to be on many itineraries.
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