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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.
Lovely nose of flowers. High acidity and dry on the palate with a little richness from the oak and a round buttery finish.
2. Bordeneuve Rouge 2011
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Tannat.
Odd nose which I couldn't quite place. Light on the palate with high acidity. Quite short with some greenness in the fruit.
3. Colina Oeste 2011
30% Tannat, 35% Malbec, 35% ...
Our final destination for the day was the the Cistercian abbey of Flaran. Here we had a tour of the building and then some time to peruse the art collection.
The abbey was built in the 12th Century and had various mishaps over the centuries having been caught up in the both the hundred year war and the French wars of religion when it was burned down for the first time and was again burned down for a dodgy insurance claim before being taken over as a cultural site ...
2. 1988 - 43%
Again, very dark colour. Softer again than the 1998 with more of a crème brulée nose and a spicy finish of cinnamon on the palate.
3. 1979 - 42%
Very interesting nose more like a wine with violets and mushroom. Spirity on the palate, very dry with hints of wood. Floriane said this was a Whisky lovers Armagnac and I could see what she meant with this reminiscent of a lowland malt.
... method (this is a 1 to 6 ratio for those with more of a mathematical than a romantic need for facts). The result is quite delicious.
So onto the fine dinner:
Ravioles de foie gras et truffes
Jus de canard
(Truffle and Foie Gras Ravioli with Duck Jus)
Pavé de sandre au sel d'algues
Blanquette de homard et châtaigne à la truffe
(Zander with seaweed salt, lobster and chestnut and truffle)