With great elan Domaine de Mourchon’s annual Marche de Noel has kicked off the festive season. Wonderfully decorated the winery has been given over this weekend to about 25 stalls selling everything from Christmas decorations, antiques to books and toys. Lily and I went along and enjoyed catching up with some friends, a mince pie and some retail therapy: our haul - a National Trust victorian advent calendar, a magnificent looking Christmas pud and a 1982 Armagnac - gorgeous rich prune/pudding spices - from the oenologist Sebastian’s family farm. With Hugo I tasted the 2007 Mourchon family reserve from the barrel…already showing an expressive savoury nose and great structure. Lovely outing, shame that the mistral/rain spoilt it for the stall holders who had set up outside.