Hotel des Thermes
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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 ...
... I might have to drink some of my spoils or wear multiple layers of clothing t get all this bounty home! In the end it all fitted in. Just.
And so to our final tasting destination - Domaine Entras, a small holding which produces wine, Floc and Armagnac. Michel met us at the door of the lovely farmhouse and took us thought the history of the property. With his wife Brigitte, they purchased the property in 1982 and opened their ...
... 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 ...
... came down sternly on the table with a bang, "Non! Not yet". We were all frozen and no one dared to make any move until permission was given. Floriane had the room under full control and her watchful eye.
1. 1998 - 100% Ugni blanc 44%
Much darker in colour than the other Armagnacs we had sampled so far. Vanilla, nuttiness, creamy and with some sweet spice on the nose. Smooth palate which went through caramel into a ...
... 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 ...