Deep in the heart of the Roussillon region Emma Rawle is left thoroughly impressed by one restaurant’s organic fare
In Rivesaltes, in the heart of the Roussillon wine-making region, lies Domaine Cazes, which produces 14 different vintages in 200 hectares of vineyards.
The Cazes family are passionate about the environment, producing wines according to bio-dynamic principles. The same principles apply in the on-site restaurant La Table d’Aimé, which serves organic, local produce accompanied by its own wines.
It was gloriously sunny when I arrived for lunch, so I sat down on the terrace, shaded by the veranda and soothed by a trickling fountain.
I opted for the three-course lunch menu accompanied by a red wine from the Cazes cellars. There was a choice of two dishes for each course, which vary depending on the season.
A salade de légumes, packed with cooked organic vegetables and shavings of Manchego cheese, made a flavoursome starter. The duck magret that followed was cooked to perfection and accompanied by pureed potatoes and, of course, lashings of red wine jus.
Given the hot weather, I had a dessert of peach sorbet, decorated with fresh nectarine slices, a deliciously light and refreshing way to end the meal.
La Table d’Aimé
La Maison Cazes
4 Rue Francisco Ferrer
Tel: (Fr) 4 68 34 35 77
Weekday lunch menu €25, dinner and weekend menu from €31