December 16, 2014

 

 

Unspoiled natural beauty and rich history make the Périgord one of France’s most alluring destinations. Filled with rare treasures, from its prized Black Diamond Truffles to rustic vineyards, this striking region is divided into the Périgord Blanc, the Périgord Vert, the Périgord Pourpre, and the absolutely stunning Périgord Noir. Crisscrossed by the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, the area offers exquisitely preserved medieval castles, ancient Roman ruins, and gorgeous scenery that will captivate your imagination and renew your spirit.

Find Cultural Gems in the Périgord Blanc

Located in the heart of the Périgord, the Blanc (White) region takes its name from the limestone hills, surrounding the capital, Périgueux. In this charming small city, explore cultural gems, like the Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie du Périgord, or Le MAAP, and delve into fascinating chapters of European and world history with precious artifacts spanning from the prehistoric to the present day. Also nearby, the Musée Gallo-Romain Vesunna is a "city under a city." Situated above a first-century Roman villa uncovered in 1959, today this modern museum offers a remarkable collection of mosaics, jewelry, and other antiquities.

Explore the Sleepy Beauty of Périgord Vert

In the north, the largely undiscovered Vert (Green) region beckons with sleepy chateaus, forest-covered hills, and pretty valleys. Amid the rolling rivers and grassy stretches, turn off your smartphone, soak up the fresh air, and slow down. Take your time exploring the rustic scenery, as well as lovely villages, like St-Jean-de-Côle, and storybook abbeys nestled into the green countryside. This under-the-radar region also offers a gateway to the southern reaches of the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin, which was established in 1998 to preserve distinctive flora and fauna, including some 25 orchid species.

Experience the Allure of the Périgord Pourpre

In the southwest corner of the Périgord, the Pourpre (Purple) region is renowned for its wine-making. Named for the purpley-red hue of the grapes, vineyards are a common sight around Bergerac, growing some 13 different appellations, including its namesake wine. Dotted by medieval villages and fields of bright sunflowers, the region also produces excellent white wines, like Montravel and Monbazillac, revered for its sweet notes of honey and peach. On the wide, peaceful stretches of the Dordogne River, you’ll also find spots for canoeing, kayaking, and laidback boat trips.

Uncover the Riches of the Périgord Noir

The jewel of the Périgord, the Noir (Black) region to the southwest is characterized by its dark oak forests around the Vézère Valley and the petite medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda. This enchanting landscape of beautiful villages, magnificent castles, and enigmatic caves is perhaps best known for producing one of nature’s rarest treasures: the Black Diamond Truffle. Found deep in its forests, under majestic oaks, these truffles are sought for their rarity, richness, and potency. During the coldest months of the year, from December to March, master growers use a centuries-old method to find the finest "Extra Class" grade Black Diamond Truffles.

Discover the Pure Potency of the Black Diamond Truffle

Looking to the powers of nature, Estée Lauder discovered that the Black Diamond Truffle also held the secret to activating and sustaining younger, healthier looking skin. Through a proprietary nine-step process, they distilled the precious essence of these prized truffles into a potent new energy infusion for your skin: Re-Nutriv Diamond. It takes five to 10 years before a mighty oak can nurture truffles with its roots, likewise, from first bud to finished elixir, each drop of Black Diamond Truffle Extract requires 10,000 hours in the making.

Traveling through the breathtaking regions of the Périgord, on winding country roads and serene byways, you’ll discover countless treasures, however, perhaps none as rare as the Black Diamond Truffle.

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