Sunday, December 30, 2007

Toits À Séguret

Séguret is built against the steep flanks of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains in the Vaucluse. It's a very small place, mostly filled with tourists these days, and is designated as un des plus beaux villages de France (one of France's most beautiful villages).

Vineyards in the valley below Séguret, and part of the Dentelles de Montmirail in the distance.

Because the streets are essentially terraces that cling to the hillside, there are beautiful views out over the town's clay tile rooftops at nearly every turn. Hence the title of today's post (toits = roofs).

The town is also, along with nearby towns Sablet and Gigondas, known for a quality wine production as one of the Côtes du Rhône Villages wines. Séguret's principle varietals are grenache noir, syrah, carignan, cinsault, and mourvèdre (reds and rosés), and clairette, roussanne, and bourboulenc (whites).

Much of the town has been restored and there are souvenir shops and artist studios. Not so many as to ruin the place, but you can tell that Séguret has its fair share of day trippers.

The day we were there, however, there were very few people around. It felt as though we had the whole town to ourselves. We wandered and took pictures.

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