If you don’t know what a « pomelkophile » is in french, go to Ménerbes! Domaine de la Citadelle with its amazing private collection of 1,000 corkscrews will bring this back to mind.
Full sky and full sun on the Luberon. The village of Ménerbes listed among the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” crowns the hill with stone houses and overlooks an ocean of vineyards and the famous Domaine de la Citadelle!
I go into this temple of fine wine along a beautiful alley lined with cypress and olive trees and lavender fields leading to the wine-tasting cellar and this unusual little museum.
A small museum, of course, but what a collection! I was afraid that I might find a dust-filled museum, but that was not the case. Through the display windows, I start contemplating these small art works, some made by expert craftsmen. I almost forgot that this familiar utensil is intended to be functional. It can be made of wood, horn, silver, some can be surprising or naughty… The oldest dates back to the 17th century.
Then, I have a shock! With my French chauvinism, I am pained and dumbfounded to learn that the corkscrew is an… English invention! Indeed, the English were the first to start aging wine in bottles rather than in barrels.
A secret: do you know who the happy owner of this domaine of 8 hectares created in 1989 is and who is now part of the reference domaines of the AOC Luberon? Yves Rousset-Rouard, producer of the “Emmanuelle” and “Les Bronzés” film series. Don’t spread the word!
Musée du Tire-Bouchon
Domaine de la Citadelle
T. (33) 04 90 72 41 58