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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 ...
... 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 ...
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 ...
Dinner the previous night was at Restaurant La Halle in the picturesque bastide village of Jegun. Great food and wine was consumed although for the life of me I cannot remember what I had to eat! After returning to the hotel at a reasonable hour, it was straight to bed for me!
Saturday started more leisurely that Friday with a lie in rather than a run! This was a shame as the clear skies would have made for a better view and ...