The Fines Roches
castle history

And a bit of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Frédéric Mistral

Frédéric Mistral
When this nearly feodal castle was inaugurated, an unforgettable popular celebration took place. Poets, winemakers, farmers from all around the region have hurried to the place and during, a good part of the night, under the light of the bonfires ; the speeches, songs and making at toast went on the night. In an eloquent improvisation, Mistral, whose for wittiness was named the Emperor of Provence, stated that Fines Roches should be the center of the "Félibrige" and then sang to the glory of the ressurected Châteauneuf "The king of wine, the wine of kings".