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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 ...
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 ...
... the party one (or in a number of cases) two bottles of wine to present to the table of wine which we either loved or thought would be a good thing to try. These wines were to accompany the Foie Gras, cheese (the whites) and the Cassoulet (the reds) - we had an incredible and eclectic collection - far too many for tasting note writing but made for a truly boozy and fabulous evening.
The list of wines was as follows:
1. NV Crémant de Limoux Brut ...
... kitchen where we were to be presented a selection of her find Armagnacs.
Before the tasting, Floriane gave a wonderful introduction to Armagnac which was a very personal view elegantly presented. Floriane provided some nuances which we had not heard from others - her house is in Ténarèze where she explained means "the road to the crest" with the history being a trade route between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees avoiding ...
... 100% Folle blanche.
Pears, almonds, frangipane on the nose. Soft palate with fruit and pepper as it warms.
5. L'Armagnac du Centenaire Cask Strength 53.5°
A very special Armagnac which we shared a glass of between those left standing! A unique blend of Ugni blanc, Baco, Folle blanche and Plant de Graisse which was reintroduced to the Domaine in 2001. Only 2012 hand written individually numbered bottled were produced.