Meet your Hosts
Edith always welcomes guests with a smile and good humour. She loves sharing her love of the Beaujolais and of nature, suggesting places to visit, or sharing a recipe! She is the heart and soul of Domaine du Mont Verrier!
But don’t be surprised if you come across her in the middle of the garden, lost in thought and gazing out over the valley! Edith is a devotee of meditation, she can feel positive energies and appreciates the estate’s harmony and peaceful beauty… It’s a good sign, don’t you think
Watching over and tending to his vines throughout the seasons, Jean is just as involved with the vatting and vinification work come harvest time; he is literally everywhere at once!
There are no fixed hours and no let up for him during this very busy time of year; down in the vineyards with the pickers at dawn, then back in the winery busy punching down the caps and pumping over the musts until late into the night! “What a funny job, you spend a whole year pampering the vines just for this moment! Will our wine live up to our hopes and expectations? It’s make or break time!” And much of it depends on him!
Clipping away, lavishing his tender loving care on the garden, the orchard or the ampelographic collection, Philippe adores his “green spaces” (provided, of course that, in his enthusiasm, he does not inadvertently mow over a young, newly-planted scrub!).
Attentive to the colours and shapes of the fruit and vegetables that he lovingly cultivates, Georges has become our “master gardener”, responsible for providing Edith with the finest produce with which to create her dishes…
Spending hours watering the tomato plants, having forsaken the garden hose for the good old watering can: “You don’t water tomatoes with a hose, Madame, if you want to avoid the ‘cul noir’!” he says, referring to apical rot that can attack the tomatoes!
As someone who feels duty-bound to try to preserve history and all things of beauty; he could not bring himself to see the estate “broken up and sold”… As he himself likes to say, “So much history lives in this place, if only the walls could talk, they have been silent witnesses to life on the estate since the time of Louis XIV to the present day! What events and secrets they could recount today!”
He is a tireless worker and wants to be available to everyone and involved in all the work…
Enchanted by the rhythms of nature, he has taken to this country life like a duck to water, You would think that Mont Verrier is his passion and that his attorney’s gown represents his sense of duty and justice… even if, at first glance, these two leanings would appear to be contradictory