Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ensemble KOUBAN in Fronton!

Madame Luthie and her two friends and I made the trek over to Villemur-sur-Tarn to attend an Ensemble KOUBAN concert at the Chateau Saint Louis. Once again, the cumulative age of the car was well over 235 years old, but you don't discriminate when you get the opportunity to do cool things in France. The winegrower is an Iranian man who started producing Fronton wine in 1991 and Madame raves about his sparkling wine. We would sample some and buy a case before we left.
The concert was really cool. Totally not anything I would go to back home, but sometimes you don't know what you appreciate till you experience something new. The style can be described as Russian Folk Chant Music. I think?
Mr. Mahmoudi gave us a tour of his barrel room and cellar. He is originally from Iran, and his Chateau has some strong middle-eastern architectural elements. This was one of the coolest cellars I have ever seen. I snooped and caught eye of some 1976 Bordeaux Margaux and Chateuneuf-du-Pape's hiding in the corner. Everybody's a collector here. The greatest, funniest solo ever is on my youtube page. Click it below and enjoy the head bobbing, foot tapping experience.

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