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Yves Rousset

02 Feb 16 Written by  Published in Humans of Provence Be the first to comment!
Yves Rousset

A biography of Yves could be called 'Of wine, theater, politics, truffles and corkscrews'. And even with that, the title would be limiting. A few days ago my friend Linda and I ventured into the Luberon and stumbled upon a most curious place - a museum filled with one man's personal collection of over 1200 corkscrews, the oldest of which is commonly acknowledged to be one of the oldest in the world (late 17th century). Much to our surprise, the visit wound up being seriously interesting and as a bonus, we had the pleasure of meeting the man behind the collection who was busy working on the blue prints of his latest endeavor - a vast botanical garden just behind his vineyard, featuring over 500 specimens organized into three sections - aromatic, medicinal and magical plants (no, he would not disclose more information on the third type; you’ll just have to go visit this summer!). Yves impressed us with his stories of past lives and projects including being mayor of his town for almost 20 years, Grand Master of the Luberon Wine and Truffle Brotherhood, winemaker in the vineyard he bought and entrusted to his equally friendly son Alexis…. but little did we know who exactly he was. As I am (regretfully) quite illiterate on the subject of French cinema, I politely declined when Yves said to me "You have probably seen some of the films I have produced?" Later on that day, I took the time to look up Yves’ work and found out that he had produced more than one hugely cult French film. Now that I have looked up his public profile, I know more about what he has done in his life, but at the end of the day, what marked me most was his response to my commenting on how many different projects he had undertaken in his life, “Et bien, il faut bien vivre!”… Loosely translated, that’s “I’m just living, that’s all!” If you look up Yves Rousset Rouard and his vineyard in Ménerbes, the Domaine de la Citadelle, you can find out more. But whatever you do, don’t miss out on the corkscrews.

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