Our very generous neighbouring farmers the Belle family have just delivered a (thankfully beautifully butchered) couple of Sanglier (Wild Boar) joints. I am thrilled as it’s a meat that I just love. The Belles hunt for boar and other game up on the slopes of Mt. Ventoux and this year their Christmas week haul was no less than 6 boars, a near record total. In the last few years the boar population has increased exponentially – farmers and vignerons now regard them as a major pest and culling by the chasseurs is very much encouraged. Mainly nocturnal beasts the boar is not an animal you will want to run up against outside your car – though not usually aggressive to humans they will surely give you a fright, the male can run to over 300K in weight. One little known curious fact is that the Wild Boar is an expert wine taster – exceptionally sensitive to unripe tannins they will reject grapes that are not optimally ripe – I have even heard winemakers say that when they are considering which plots to harvest next during the vendange those that were being attacked by the boar the previous night are a useful indicator! And for those looking to shed a pound or two post-Christmas, the meat is one of leanest red meats available. Thank you so very much famille Belle.