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... and followed with a final crustard.
Wines were good - a 2013 Chiroulet La Côte d'Heux from Famille Fezas (Gros Manseng) and a 2013 Cuvée des Filles d'Embidoure, a Merlot dominant Bordeaux blend.
The service was a little stretched but the food was good and a fine time was had.
What a great few days we had spent in Gers. It seemed ages since we arrived in the room with the alembic running at ...
... with a caramel finish.
Sweet toffee butterscotch nose. Much more complexity on the palate with wood and nuts and caramel.
As well as this fine selection of drink, this house also produces a fine gourmet mustard which contains some of the grape residue from the wine. This was delicious either on its own or smeared on bread. It had a great intensity and something deeper than most mustards.
What a fine way ...
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 ...
... oils and hazelnuts which followed through on the palate and was extremely long. This was such a hit with us that most of us bought some (a half bottle in my case!).
We also got to taste their Blanche which was the finest we had had so far.
This was a truly magical visit which was made by having Floriane provide her own view on the region - we were privileged to have had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with ...
... of Ercé 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 ...