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Like all good things, this mini-break had to come to an end and for us, the last blow out was a leisurely lunch at La Florida, a lovely restaurant which had passed from Father to son who had jazzed it up a little to make it a more modern place.
The interior is white and bright and after a little table rearranging we were all sat down for a feast.
Much fine food was had - I settled for lamb which ...
Lovely nose of flowers. High acidity and dry on the palate with a little richness from the oak and a round buttery finish.
2. Bordeneuve Rouge 2011
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Tannat.
Odd nose which I couldn't quite place. Light on the palate with high acidity. Quite short with some greenness in the fruit.
3. Colina Oeste 2011
30% Tannat, 35% Malbec, 35% ...
... of local diners was casting glances at these mad folks in the corner who had more bottles on the table than cutlery! What they must have thought. And to finish off the meal we had the same selection of Daroze Armagnac as we had for the initial tasting on the first night! Ii managed to taste two before I had to admit it was time to go to bed! What a great way to close out our last evening in Gers with fine food, wine, Armagnac and the best of ...
... also taught us how we should have been tasting. Take the glass with the bowl in the hand to warm the glass and the spirit for a while (particularly the first tasting in a cold glass). Put this behind your back and forget about it until it warms. Only then will the Armagnac have come alive and be able to provide the true expressions you can savour. There was a moment of terror when Sue put the glass to her nose too early and ...
Crème anglaise à la vaille bourbon
Amandes effílées et caramel truffée
(Truffle floating islands, vanilla and bourbon custard, slivered almonds and caramel truffles)
This was also complimented with an amuse bouche of creamy parsnip soup (also with truffle!). The soup was smooth and silky, the ravioli and foie gras topped with a sliver of parmesan and truly melt in the mouth, the Zander which is a Pike-Perch fresh ...
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