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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 ...
... in 1984. They switched from milk production to spend all their time on their vines and wines. New plots were planted with Colombard, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and then Gros and Petit Manseng.
Michel then took us through a tasting of his wines, Floc and Armagnac.
1. Planeta 2012
A blend dominant in Petit Marsang with Ugni blanc and Colombard making up the other varietals. The wine is aged in Burgundian oak for ...
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 under ...
... 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 ...
... was film and flavoursome with the earthy chestnut and creamy sauce also delicious. Not usually one for deserts, I was delighted with my floating island on is creamy sea - managed to get a photo just before my Kumquat fell off! All of these dishes were beautifully infused with hits of black truffle with skill and finesse preventing them being over dominated. A memorable meal.
The meal was accompanied by some local wines - A Colombard 2013 and ...