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Arles Shopping: 7 reviews and 11 photos
Fruit of the Provence
I like to motor around Provence from Chateauneuf du Pape to buy local wines, but this last Sept. '03
I was fortunate enough to find this excellent wine merchant in Arles.
The proprietor Jean-Michel was what all businessmen should be: helpful, knowledgeable, kind, passionate about his product, and patient.
I bought 6 bottles of various Provence/Cotes du Rhones. (5 made it home, 1 mysteriously disappeared one night in Hotel Calendal's garden around midnight). burp....
What to buy: Surrender to Jean-Michel's recommendations. He is honest, trustworthy, and has forgotten more about Provence wine than I will ever know.
I recommend Chateauneuf du Pape in the good years (90, 95, 98, 2000) and Rasteau (thank you Lady Porteplume).
Let Jean-Michel do the rest.
What to pay: For ~150 Euros I came home with 6 bottles (minus 1) that in 2 years will be worth over $1000, if you could even find them in the correct vintages.
But that is purely mental masturbation, as I can guarantee in about 2.5 years it will all be a delicious memory.
Since I will drink it all, I suppose I will be forced to return in 2005 and buy more. Tough work I know, but somebody's gotta' do it.
Address: 3, Rue de Republique
Directions: Walk toward the Rhone from Rue de Republique. On your right just before you get to the river.
Phone: 04 90 93 41 20
Theme: Food and Drink
Market days in Arles are every Wed and Saturday.
Here is my Market Day Travelogue -(click below):
Market Day in Arles
What to buy: See travelogue above
What to pay: Many items negotiable which is half the fun
Address: Blvd de Lices
Directions: On the "south" border of the old city, Blvd de Lices between the old Ramparts and Rue Republique.
Theme: Food and Drink
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