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The Hôtel d’Astier de Montfaucon, built in the 17th and 18th centuries, has belonged to Ménèrbes town hall since 1751. It was the town’s hospice in the 19th century and then a boys’ school until 1953. The building was listed as a regional Historic Monument in 1955 and renovated in 2004. The Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon is a meeting place based around truffles and wines from the Regional Park of Luberon. The Black Truffle of Provence (Tuber Melanosporum) This is the best French truffle; it is also called the ‘Périgord Truffle’, even though 80% of the French harvest comes from Provence. It has been nicknamed the ‘Black Diamond’, or ‘Rabasse’ in Provençal. It is traditionally harvested with dogs in the hills of Luberon Park, between December and March. This truffle is black in colour, both inside and out, and must be firm and give off an incomparable and highly characteristic sweet aroma. Its flesh is speckled with white. It is more or less round in shape and its weight can vary from a few grammes to almost 1 kg or more for a few exceptional examples. The truffles are sorted individually and then dry-brushed before being sold. The cellars house the Luberon Regional Park’s wine shop, which brings all the local wine producers together in one place, namely the Luberon, Ventoux and Pierrevert AOC appellations. Free tastings are held from April to October. Visit the magnificent French-style garden on sunny days to enjoy a glass of wine and discover the truffle specialities prepared by the chef (tortellini with Aestivum truffles, omelettes and brouillades made with Melanosporum truffles, etc.), not to mention the Pomme Isabelle, an amazing combination of apple and truffled caramel. The shop sells truffle-based products and, of course, fresh truffles in season (Melanosporum in winter and Aestivum in summer); it also has an interesting bookshop. There is also a laboratory which hosts wine-tasting sessions.