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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 ...
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% ...
... 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 company!
... 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 ...
... of ErcÚ at the foot of the Pyrenees was a Bear tamer by trade (yip, a Bear tamer - apparently they had these then). He took his beasts over to the US (that must have been an interesting ocean crossing) but eventually, longing for his roots he returned to find a place nearer home to grow old and fell in love with Tariquet but couldn't afford to buy the property (could not even "Bear-ly" afford it *guffaw*). Luckily his son, Jean Pierre, who clearly ...