Paris Summer Terraces: Peyrassol Pop-Up at Monsieur Bleu

Paris Summer Terraces: Peyrassol Pop-Up at Monsieur Bleu
La Commanderie de Peyrassol, the famous Var vineyard, is spending the summer on Monsieur Bleu’s terrace, making it “the place to be.” Overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, located behind Avenue President Wilson, Musée de l’Art Moderne and the funky Palais de Tokyo, Monsieur Bleu brasserie, created by Paris “dandies” Gilles Malafosse, Laurent de Gourcuff and Benjamin Cassan, is an all day/all night Parisian address for cocktails, lunch and dinner. From their friendship with the owners of La Commanderie de Peyrassol (planted circa 1204) north of St. Tropez, at Flassans-sur-Isole, the group decided to bring the spirit of the Var vineyard to Monsieur Bleu’s terrace, creating a fragrant Provençal garden of lavender, fig, lemon and olive trees, beautifully interpreted by rock n’ roll gardener David Jeannerot. So, as the sun sets over the Seine, sit back on comfy sofas, admire the view, and order Limited Edition AOP Côtes de Provence Peyrassol 2014. The bottle is designed by international artist Bertrand Lavier, the contents approved and chosen during the assemblage of the wine at the vineyard last December. The artist’s works works are exhibited in Peyrassol’s magnificent sculpture gardens. At the first tasting last week Monsieur Lavier was delighted and said his “petit Lavier” has perfect balance and is a very gay wine. The fragrant, limited edition (3,000 bottles) rosé is available pre-release on Monsieur Bleu’s terrace, perfect with a plate of chic Provençal snacks and Italian charcuterie by Epicerie Ô Divin, rue de Belleville. La Commanderie de Peyrassol, with its exceptional Medieval architecture, includes a wine cellar, meeting and banquet rooms, hunting grounds, olive groves, cafe/bar, and gift shop. The contemporary sculpture gardens showcase gigantic and exciting works by the likes of Bertrand Lavier, Ben, Arman, César, Niki de Saint Phalle, Folon, Vasarely, Raynaud, Lalanne etc. If you can’t get to the Var, there’s a restaurant and boutiques in Paris (13 rue Vivienne, 2nd) Saint-Tropez and Brussels See you there ! La Terrace Peyrassol at Monsieur Bleu, 20 Avenue de New York, 75016. Tel: 01 47 20 90 47. Glass from 7-11€. Bottles, Magnums & Jeroboams from 35€-260€. Snacks : 8€-12€. Open 7/7. DJ Thursday & Friday    

Lead photo credit : La Terrace Peyrassol chez Monsieur Bleu

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !