Suzette is a cozy village of 130 inhabitants perched on a hilltop at 1,300 feet in the Dentelles de Montmirail, a jagged row of limestone peaks, surrounded by terraced vineyards of the Appellation Beaumes-de-Venise. The appellations of Gigondas and Vacqueryas are nearby.
The village has one principal street that ascends up a hill and one restaurant. There is no boulangerie; villagers get their bread at “un dépôt de pain” at neighboring Lafare or at boulangeries in Beaumes-de-Venise.
For three evenings in August, the church in the center of the small village is home to the Suzette Festival of Summer Music (classical). Suzette is your ultimate private peaceful perch in the Vaucluse.
Restaurant: Les Coquelicots (Poppies), snuggled among the vines with spectacular panoramic views of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail, which rise over a green patchwork of vineyards, serves tasty dishes à la provençale for lunch and dinner.
Charming proprietors Valérie and Francky assure a vibrant ambiance. During the cool months, a fireplace warms the dining room; in the summer and on pleasant days in the off-season, guests take their pleasure on a terrace.
Choose among salads, terrines, snails à la provençale, entrees of assorted charcuterie, grilled fish and roasts, and a dinner menu for 25€. Pizza is served during the summer season.
Wines: Suzette is known for its Beaumes-de-Venise cru “Terroir du Trias.”– ruby red wines that grow in the ochre-colored Trias soil. Most of the vintages are Grenache Syrah blends, with Grenache being dominant at 60% to 65%.
Among numerous estates that encircle Suzette, Château Redortier is known for its superb Gigondas. The domaine also produces Beaumes de Venise and Côtes du Rhône appellations. As you arrive to Suzette on D90 from Beaumes de Venise, follow the signage by making a left turn to the Château.
The wine cellar is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In the summer, the domaine has a wine shop in Suzette next to the school.
Recommended: Try two excellent reds, a Beaumes de Venise 2007 and a Gigondas 2007, and a Côtes du Rhône rosé 2011 “Côté Dentelles”
Tél 04 90 62 96 43, Website, U.S. Importer Robert Chadderdon Selections, NY, NY (212) 757-8185
A small vineyard of 8 acres producing a red vintage AOC Beaumes de Venise and a rosé AOC Ventoux, which is a great buy for stocking up for a summer pizza and pool party.
From April 1, purchase wine at the property Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – Noon and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., or at the farmers market in Beaumes de Venise on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Montmirail Gîtes, classy and elegant, situated near the top of the village offering stunning panoramic views of the Dentelles and the countryside from modern accommodations: two two-bedroom gîtes with a shared pool and one four-bedroom house with a private pool.
Consult their well-designed website below for a tour of this beautiful property and for rates.
La Fontaine du Buis: Secluded in the countryside, a bucolic peaceful retreat: three gîtes and one chambre d’hotes accommodating from two to five people at reasonable rates. Picture below.
Montmirail Gîtes: Fabienne & Thierry Grangeon, Quartier Toulony – Suzette, Tel 04.90.62.92.58, Email: email@example.com, Website
La Fontaine du Buis: Mme Sylvie Favot, Route D90, Suzette, Tel 04 90 65 03 87, Website, Directions: From Suzette on D90 direction Malaucene, Turn left on Fontaine du Buis.
Les Coquelicots, Le Village, 84190 Suzette, Tel 04 90 65 06 94, Menu 25€. Pizza is served in the summer months Website