There is something about the new wine bar Ledixsept Place au Vin in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue that is straightaway cheerful. Like the moment you arrive you recognize the cheerful faces of faithful companions: the wine labels of your fave wineries. Last Monday there was a tasting of Saint Jean du Barroux and Vindemio, and this coming Monday the Domaine du Tix. And among the Ventoux, Luberon and Rhone Valley vintages on the wine list is the stupefying syrah-cabernet blend of the legendary Domaine de Trevallon, available for less than you would pay at the New York restaurant table of Daniel Boulud or Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
The excellent wine cellar is in debt to the educated palate of co-founder Christophe Aru. His talent is no doubt dearly learned as former sommelier at Le Vivier in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue where he tended to one of the largest wine cellars in the region. Co-founder Sylvain Bourlet looks after the cuisine: plates of charcuterie, cheese and appetizers. The ambiance is East Village lounge: a cozy laid back decor with armchairs and books along with tables and a bar. For anyone tripping to the Sunday market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the “17” offers a charming respite.
At this Monday’s tasting, Philippe Daniel of the Domaine du Tix will break open bottles of his AOC Ventoux vintage Bramefan, a 90% Syrah blend with 10% Grenache — ruby red color with silky and velvety texture, complex structure of vivid fruit flavors, smooth tannins and a spicy finish. This wine finds it way to the cellars of more than 30 Michelin star restaurants. M. Daniel produces another red — the Dona Maria Vintage — a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah — violet-colored, fresh fruit flavors, balanced, with smooth tannins and a clean finish. As the AOC Ventoux appellation dictates that all its wines be blends, the Domaine du Tix 100% “Viognier of the Great Highlands” is classified as a Vin de Pays de Vaucluse.
Ledixsept Place Aux Vins, 17 place Rose Goudard, L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue, tel: 06 10 40 88 51
Open every day from 10:00 a.m. until the customers say so.
Wine Tastings Every Monday in March: Monday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.: Domaine du Tix