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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 ...
5. Floc Rosé
Young Armagnac blended with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon juice also matured for 18 months in oak.
Again, fabulous nose with intense Raspberry notes. Sweet and jammy on the palate. This would be fabulous with chocolate deserts as it has a distinct sweetness.
And onto the Armagnac.
1. Armagnac Vieille Réserve 15 ans 47%
100% Ugni Blanc.
Prunes on the nose. Firm ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
All good things come in threes and the last of the visits for Friday was Domaine du Tariquet which takes things to a whole new level of production (and I thought Domaine de Pelllehaut was impressive). Here we were at a large but still family ran producer of both wine and Armagnac.
The story of the pioneers of this place was not told to us but having just read this on their site it has to be told! Towards the end of the 19th century Artaud from ...