Hotel La Roseraie
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... we were now well adversed in the area, its food and its fine selection of wine, Floc and Armagnac. We had learned so much in such a short time and we had barely scratched the surface of this fascinating region.
I feel many of us will return to taste these flavours again and to dig deeper into this wonderful area.
Hats off to both Marie and Amanda for arranging and guiding us all through a great adventure.
The final day in Gers tinged with sadness but somehow we all felt like we had been there for quite a while - I guess fitting in so much in such a short time has it's advantages. We ate our final breakfast and said goodbye to our Auberge.
Fun was had trying to pack the selection of wines, Armagnac, prunes and preserves into my case - it was akin to Tetris apart form when you filled a complete row it didn't disappear. There was a point when ...
... 70s and is now also home to the extensive collection of fine art collected by Michael Simonow.
We were taken around the site to view the courtyard, cloisters and the church along with the lodgings of the monks which is now where the art collection is presented. The exhibitions change regularly and we were able to see various works including some sculptures by Salvador Dalí and Rodin and some striking modern art mainly from a polish artist called ...
... of rivers where taxes or duties would need to be paid. Se explained that the local soils are clay-limestone which produces a more robust style of spirit which is longer in the mouth and favours the Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes. Floriane contrasted this with the more volatile spirit from Bas where there is more Baco and Folle blanche which I think we were all starting to see as we gained more experience in tasting.
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 ...