A relaxing morning and lunch in Limoux – friday is market day so lots to excite the senses. We head off after lunch to St Polycarpe – less than 10km from Limoux. The impressive Domaine Baron’Arques, owned by the Rothchild family, certainly shows it’s pedigree. It’s own weather station, beautifully tended vineyards, well equipped tasting rooms all back up the Rothchild image. Of course the wines are wonderful (with prices to reflect all the investment!) A short drive through rolling vineyards towards St Hilaire for a guided visit of this 15century Abbey and obligatory visitto the cellars where sparkling wine was first discovered in 1531. Next stop is completley different – one of our favourites. Domaine de Fourn, with its cobwebbed covered hand dug cellars – and one of our exclusive tastings. Over 10 vintage blanquettes and cremants are to be opened and discovered – going back to the 1970’s -all accompanied by homemade patés and other delicious nibbles. Our host Bernard – ex-rugby playing blanquette producer from 3 generations – is as always gracious and patient with his visitors and is amazed by the interest, knowledge and above all stamina of the group! We roll out of there quite lateand luckily it’s only a short drive home!