Hotel Chateau des Jacobins
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... and followed with a final crustard.
Wines were good - a 2013 Chiroulet La Côte d'Heux from Famille Fezas (Gros Manseng) and a 2013 Cuvée des Filles d'Embidoure, a Merlot dominant Bordeaux blend.
The service was a little stretched but the food was good and a fine time was had.
What a great few days we had spent in Gers. It seemed ages since we arrived in the room with the alembic running at ...
... with a caramel finish.
Sweet toffee butterscotch nose. Much more complexity on the palate with wood and nuts and caramel.
As well as this fine selection of drink, this house also produces a fine gourmet mustard which contains some of the grape residue from the wine. This was delicious either on its own or smeared on bread. It had a great intensity and something deeper than most mustards.
What a fine way ...
... Ruszkowsk. From there we returned to the Auberge for a bring a bottle blind tasting accompanied by Foie Gras and a magnificent slow cooked Cassoulet which apparently had been three days in preparation! The meal began with a fine speed of Oysters which was matched to a selection of Blanche Armagnac - a match made in heaven. No need for any adornment other than a slight twist of lemon juice, this was a great way to begin the meal. I had always been ...
... 1978 - 42%
"Nuts nuts nuts" was Florence's introduction to this vintage and she wasn't wrong. Hazelnut and walnut on the nose. Warm and velvety smooth on the palate with orange peel and finishing with more nuttiness. Floriane said that this was a true expression of the Ténarèze style.
5. 1974 - 42%
The final Armagnac was the 1974 which there was very little left of - we were lucky as this had an incredible nose of ...
... l'Esprit Passion Tannat (2012 I think) which were both from Domaine de Magnaut. There were two bottle of the Tannat which tasted remarkably different, we think the second was better and that the reason was this was from the wine store where the former had been kept in the warmth of the restaurant - interesting observation.
Then it was on to our next port of call for an Armagnac tasting - well it had been half a day since we had our last one!