Le Home Fleuri
Travel Blogs from Barbotan-les-Thermes
... 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 ...
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% ...
... that you never had spirits with oysters but I was glad to bust this myth!
Following the Oysters, Sue, who had come all the way from Budapest to join us, was kind enough to bring a couple of bottles of 6 Puttonyos Chateau Dereszla 2005 Tokai Aszú which was the perfect match for Foie Gras. So that was the second course!
By now we were on a roll so we ate the cheese course before the main course!
Then it was onto the tasting! Each of us had ...
... 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 ...
... l'Esprit Passion Tannat (2012 I think) which were both from Domaine de Magnaut. There were two bottle of the Tannat which tasted remarkably different, we think the second was better and that the reason was this was from the wine store where the former had been kept in the warmth of the restaurant - interesting observation.
Then it was on to our next port of call for an Armagnac tasting - well it had been half a day since we had our last one!