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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 ...
... also taught us how we should have been tasting. Take the glass with the bowl in the hand to warm the glass and the spirit for a while (particularly the first tasting in a cold glass). Put this behind your back and forget about it until it warms. Only then will the Armagnac have come alive and be able to provide the true expressions you can savour. There was a moment of terror when Sue put the glass to her nose too early and ...
... Gascon captains from the Italian wars and was the father of the sword of D'Artagnan the local hero and fourth Musketeer. The sword is etched into the side of a sparkling wine flute with the hilt at the top, blade facing down. The glass is filled to the base of the tip with Pousse Rapière liqueur made from Armagnac infused with orange. This is then topped up to the hilt (see what I did there?) with Vin Sauvage, a crips white sparkling wine made by ...
Other places to stay in Barbotan-les-Thermes
13 Rue Des Thermes, Barbotan-les-Thermes | Hotelfrom $81
2600 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Albuquerque | 4 star hotelfrom $81
6 Rue Des Thermes, Barbotan-les-Thermes | Hotelfrom $95
2 rue Abbe Escarnot, Barbotan-les-Thermes | 2 star hotelfrom $88
24 avenue des Thermes, Barbotan-les-Thermes | Hotelfrom $81
24, avenue Henri IV, Barbotan-les-Thermes | Hotelfrom $122
avenue des Thermes, Barbotan-les-Thermes | Hotelfrom $230