Today we drove out to Roquebrun, a picturesque small village about 17km north of Saint Chinian. Roquebrun was settled around the 8th century and has a population of around 600 people. We got there around midday on a Saturday, so it was fairly quiet. We had a wander through the town and sample some of the local wine at a winemaker’s cave. We picked up three bottles of a nice mourvedre blend.

Roquebrun and Paige

We have quickly learnt that rural France is closed between 12 noon and 2 pm, and even more so on the weekend. However, after 2 pm the villages spring to life with people emerging from their long lunch/siesta. Even most of the restaurants and cafes are closed at lunch time. I can’t figure that one out.