La Coquillade; new place in St Saturnin d'Apt
I have heard from Napa Valley winemaker who spends a lot of time in Provence that the restaurant at La Coquillade is very good, though very expensive. Any other comments?
He also says that a Parisian chef has opened a place in St Saturnin d'Apt. Anyone know what this might be?
Domaine de la Coquillade in Gargas is a Relais & Châteaux property, in a stunning setting, especially in lavender season. Their vineyard goes by the name of Aureto - we have bought their red/white/rosé and like them all. As for the restaurants, we have dined at both of them - le Bistrot, where the menu is typically priced for the region (I hesitate to guess at 35€-40€), and le Gourmet, which has a Michelin star. The latter is likely the restaurant you heard about, but if I remember correctly, it wasn't too expensive. (It's no Bastide de Capelongue after all.) Two years ago I believe it was something like 55€ for 3 courses (appetizer, fish or meat, dessert), 70€ for 4 courses (including both mains), and 75-80€ for the 4 courses plus cheese. The website does not give any of this information, so things might have changed. On the other hand, when weather permits, the Bistrot moves outside to the Jardin des Vignes overlooking their vineyard (this might happen only for lunch). There are also two outdoor "lounge" areas where you can have a glass of wine or a pastis while staring at the beautiful rolling hills of lavender and vineyards. If you're traveling in the late spring or summer, this would be a lovely spot to appreciate the beauty of Provence.
As for St Saturnin des Apt, there's a restaurant called La Maison des Saveurs (Domaine des Andéols) that apparently has Alain Ducasse as a consultant. I know nothing about it, but suspect that Ducasse's name is what attracted your Napa Valley winemaker.