malves chateau 3Welcome to Malves en Minervois. As its official Web site says, it’s “a charming village of about 825 inhabitants nestled in a green setting.” True.

It has a fabulous renaissance château from the 16th century, with 300 square meters per floor (think of the heat bill!). There are some pretty wonderful painted ceilings and frescoes. And a big park behind the château, where they sometimes have arts or food fairs.

malves catThese photos were taken around 9 p.m. on a Friday night. Just sayin’.

Stone houses….malves trees

Sharply shorn trees….

malves corner house

Odd little houses with entries like afterthoughts. There was an elderly lady sitting in the garden around the corner whom I startled as I went by. Clearly unusual to have strangers wandering about. Birds, yes. Photographers, no.

There ARE some things to do, besides stroll. There’s a café next to the château that’s sometimes open. And a little grocery. I was just passing through and couldn’t resist the light. And the flowers in unexpected places.

Of course, there’s a winery. Don’t be silly! Château Malves-Bousquet, next to the big château. It’s good, too–Minervois has some excellent wines. We’ll go into that another time.

Malves road



10 thoughts on “Malves

  1. Gorgeous. I can’t believe the light was so beautiful at 9 p.m. I have so many places to visit once we arrive in France. This is going on my list too. I’ve never had a minervois wine, but I’ll look for it.

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    1. Minervois is one of the smaller AOCs. It’s always a blend (not a single grape variety), with Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and some other varietals.


  2. Gorgeous pictures and place. The light in that last picture is tangible, I can feel the texture and weight of it. And the stillness, that time of day when the world seems to hold its breath.

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  3. Enormous heating bills – we couldn’t believe it when we filled our oil tank (for heating) for a princely sum of 2000+ euro…and still had to refill half way through winter. Yes, we were living in the Alps and yes, it was cold (understatement, used as we were to Australian winters), but the cost still shocked us. After experiencing this though, we better understood why our village castle, which is still lived in, was only open for tours from May through to September. The rest of the year most of the rooms were firmly shut up and un-heated.


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