Just 45 minutes drive away from Montpellier lies the home of La Maison Noilly Prat, nestled in the enchanting fishing village of Marseillan overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Immerse yourself in the local traditions and culture of this quiet town to discover the 2 things that Marseillan is most famously known for: the local Bouzigues oysters and NOILLY PRAT®.
Marseillan has been the home of Noilly Prat for over 200 years and was selected by Louis Noilly due to its coastal location. Noilly Prat Original Dry is created using a unique ageing process inspired by the transportation of wines in the 19th century on the decks of sailing ships where the sea spray and effect of the four seasons left its powerful mark on the wines. In L’Enclos, a walled enclosure located in the centre of La Maison Noilly Prat, hundreds of oak barrels are exposed to the natural elements for 12 months before the wines are macerated with a secret recipe of around 20 herbs and spices. The local eateries surrounding the Marseillan harbour proudly savour and serve this unique liquid as a Noilly Prat Original Dry L’Apéritif.
TASTE THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
Alongside creating one of the world’s finest vermouths, Marseillan also produces some of the world’s best oysters, huîtres de Bouzigues. Bouzigues oysters come from the local oyster beds located on the Étang de Thau – the largest of a string of lagoons (étangs) that stretch along the French coast and feeds into the Mediterranean Sea.
The creaminess of Noilly Prat’s neighbouring oysters perfectly complements the unique taste of Noilly Prat Original Dry with its floral nose, citrus notes and long-lasting herbal finish. Simply pour 2 parts Noilly Prat Original Dry into a wine glass over ice and stir once to unlock the herbal aromas. Finally, twist a peel of lemon to release its essential oils and lift the notes of bitter orange, one of the key botanicals used to craft Noilly Prat Original Dry.
Guests of local hotel Port Rive Gauche can enjoy a chilled glass of Noilly Prat at their leisure whilst taking in the panoramic views of the Étang de Thau’s blue lagoon decorated with its famous oyster tables. Santé!
DISCOVER THE CRAFT OF NOILLY PRAT
With over 300 sunny days a year, any season is the perfect time to visit Marseillan. The iconic home of Noilly Prat is open to guests eager to discover the rich culture, authenticity and history of one of the world’s finest French vermouths and for a limited time only Noilly Prat will also be offering VIP visits. During the VIP tour guests will be guided through the unique production process of creating Noilly Prat, from the Chai des Mistelles to the dramatic arena of L’Enclos and the time-honoured process of the dodinage, before taking part in a cocktail masterclass held in Le Bar Noilly Prat. Here expert bartenders will unveil the secrets of their art and demonstrate how to create some of the world’s most timeless cocktails at home. Tickets start from €45 per person.