Prieure de Hautelande
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Our venu for lunch was the Moulin des Saveurs in Barbaste. This restaurant is situated in the remains of a 13th Century fortified mill (why a mill required fortification I cannot find!). Next to the mill is a lovely weir and a 12th Century arched bridge which made for some pretty photos. The restaurant area is inside caves carved out of the local rock which at one time used to contain a steam engine for the bakery I believe. So, when in a fine ...
... or the Le Puy Route which is one of the four main routes of St James in France that, in this case, starts at Puy-en-Vale in the Loire famed for its lentils. Ah, maybe one day I'll walk that route.
Onward we went to our first destination, the town of Nérac and it's market. The pretty town is situated in the northern end of Gers in the more wealthier Lot et Garonne department. We crossed the Vieux Pont over the riven Baise ...
... drive through the vines, a beautiful old house/Chateau and beautifully landscaped winery and distillery which although on a massive industrial scale is virtually invisible from the house. The views from the top of their wine stores were also fine if slightly nose-bleed inducing. We were then taken to see their alembic and through their wine press room which is one of the largest in Europe and into their incredible bottling plant, cold chill room and ...
... called La Grande Josiane - as the marketing said, a union of strength and softness, the result of a subtle blend of Armagnac and natural orange extracts - this made Grand Marnier look like Orange Barley water. Aromas of marmalade with the warmth of Armagnac and caramel, coffee and chocolate undertones. Man, a Crepe Suzette with this would be divine! After lunch, an Armagnac tasting of course! A sample of three: 1. Baron de Sigognac - 10 ans d'Âge 40% ...
This was our first tasting of the wines and they showed well and were extremely good value at between €5-8.
And on to the Armagnac!
1. L'Age de Glace 3 years old blend 40% unfiltered 100% Folle blanche
Amber with a little smoke on the nose with caramel and prunes on the palate. Very similar to a lowland whisky in style.
2. Armagnac 10 years old blend 40% unfiltered 100% Folle blanche