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100 Folle blanche.
Lovely floral nose with fudge and creme patissiere. Leather and prunes, rich and full on the palate.
2. Le Légendaire Hors d'Age 42°
40% Folle blanche, 30% Ugni blanc, 30% Baco
Complex, smokey, smooth and soft.
3. Hors d'Age / XO
Uni blanc 60%, Baco 40%.
Creme caramel nose, firm on the palate with more caramel and a touch of leather.
4. Blanche ...
... mmmmm. This was set upon by the crowd who were already developing a suitably Gascony appetite. We did the nibbles and the cheese before we were told that there was also a hot pot with an upside down shepherd's pie with confit duck rather than lamb! This was also delicious. There were some wines from Domaine Pellehaut to help wash this down with which was splendid. For desert (well there had to be desert) we were treated to another local delicacy Croustard ...
... hybrid cross of Folle blanche and the Noah root stock created in 1898 by François Baco to combat the vines susceptibility to phylloxera, Ugni blanc and Colombard. The wine is given a 12 day ferment outside producing a slightly cloudy acidic wine of about 9 degrees alcohol. Doled have about 42 Ha of vines and make Floc and Armagnac but do not make still wines.
We were then walked through the distillation process which as well as the two still we saw ...
... I can say is it was a very long hour. To continue the tradition even more, I once again got stopped by security. This time it wasn't my backpack, however. They made me go through the metal detector several times, and had me remove things as silly as my headband and bobby pins. Finally they gave up and just decided a good old fashion pat down would have to suffice. I forgot I was wearing my Fitbit (hooked to the center of my braw), so ...
We had been told that today was going to be 32degrees. So had decided that we would get up that bit earlier and start walking earlier ...breakfast at seven am... What you don't realise is that sunrise is not until about 8:30... So... All set to go at 7.30 and realised that it was pitch black...after much routing around Helen found her head lamp and off we went marching out of town in the dark...not having a clue where we were going except for turning left out of the ...