Aboard French Hotel Barge Rosa
Gascony has some of the most delicious gastronomic traditions in France. Let the French Hotel Barge Rosa introduce you to the region’s food and wine in the most wonderful way.
How better to spend a relaxed, romantic holiday than sampling some of the country’s delectable delights aboard a barge cruise? Here are a few
of the specialties you should definitely try…
Confit de Canard
An iconic delicacy, confit de canard is a rich dish made from salt-cured duck legs cooked in their own fat. Traditionally, it was designed as a filling and sustainable dish for the winter months (it can be preserved up to six months once cured and cooked) and is often served with baked new potatoes and green vegetables, or used in a cassoulet.
While it might be the subject of some debate, there’s no doubt this is one of the most sought after gastronomic pleasures of the area. The rich, silky smooth duck liver pâté can be enjoyed on its own or incorporated in mousses, terrines, and soups. It’s quite often served up simply sliced and quickly seared in a pan.
Readily available on most menus around Gascony, cassoulet is a thick, heavy stew made from beans, sausages, and the classic confit de canard. It’s hearty, flavorful and usually served up with huge chunks of crusty fresh bread.
Gascony’s most famous cheese is the blue-marbled sheep’s milk cheese, Roquefort, which is still produced in the limestone caves of Combalou. Aged for a minimum of three months, the nutty, buttery flavor of Roquefort goes wonderfully with fruit (figs and prunes particularly) and wine.
Wines and Other Tipples
The wines of Gascony have a reputation as being among the best in the country, and any wine aficionado will have plenty to make them happy here.
The dry, fruity wines of the Côtes de Gascogne are outstanding, and you’ll also be able to sample some lovely Sauvignon Blancs. For lovers of red, the local barrel-aged Madiran is known for its deep brown color and lingering flavor.
As well as the classic reds and whites of the region, there are two other tipples you should not miss the opportunity to try, Armagnac made from fortified wine, and Floc, a sweet aperitif that is somewhat of an acquired taste.
alcoholic beverage is a signature speciality of Gascony. It is the oldest brandy
distilled in France. In the past, it was consumed for its therapeutic
benefits. While it does
share some similarities with its counterpart cognac, Armagnac is
different from because of the way it is produced. 95% of the drink is
distilled only once, using a specific form of continuous still – the
Armagnac alembic. It is then aged in 400-liter oak barrels and stored in
cellars. It can even be matured for up to 50 years before being
packaged in glass bottles.
can be divided into two main categories: vintage and non-vintage.
Vintage Armagnacs are distilled from grapes grown in a single year, with
the date displayed on the bottle. Non-vintage Armagnacs can either be
labelled by age, where the number of years quoted relates to the
youngest component of the blend or by category: VS (minimum two years in
wood), VSOP (at least four years), XO (more than six years) or Hors
d’Age (10 years plus).
Armagnac is usually produced
by smaller family businesses rather than large global conglomerates
which makes it a true delicacy that is ideally savoured in its place of
Wine from Château Bellevue la Forêt
in Rosa’s standard itinerary is a visit to the famous vineyard Château
Bellevue la Forêt. For wine lovers, this gorgeous estate is akin to a
sprawling paradise of vine and vino. Spread out over 270 acres, it’s the
largest single privately-owned wine estate in the southwest of France
and the wines produced here have won several accolades and awards
Château Bellevue la Forêt is produced from the following fine varieties :
- 57 hectares of NEGRETTE (a variety specific to the Fronton Appellation and rarely encountered elsewhere)
- 6 hectares of CABERNET FRANC
- 16 hectares of SYRAH
- 12.5 hectares of CABERNET SAUVIGNON
- 7 hectares of GAMAY
- 2.3 hectares of white grapes (Viognier, Roussanne, Petit Manseng).
This wine tasting is a wonderfully informative way to get to
know a little bit more about the wine making process in an impossibly
Visit Gascony With Hotel Barge Rosa
Ready to head to Gascony to experience the fabulous food, wine, and landscape of this beautiful region? Have Paradise Connections arrange your luxury hotel barge cruise and the food, wine, and excursions are taken care of. You’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most memorable holidays of your life while Barge Rosa transports you to wonderful
places of interest.
evening there’s a three or four-course culinary journey that showcases the best of the regional specialties. After your meal, you are more than welcome to a digestif and a dip in the hot tub beneath the stars…
About The French Hotel Barge Rosa
charming accommodation for eight guests features two double and two
twin-bedded staterooms, each with private ensuite bathrooms, and a saloon
that gives direct access onto the spacious sundeck. A cruise on Hotel
Barge Rosa is the ideal way to explore this beautiful, pastoral region
of Southwest France.
Rosa’s Gascony route from Agen (Boé) to Montauban on the Canal des Deux Mers, a delightful waterway that links the Atlantic to the
Mediterranean, features the best that the region has to offer: Armagnac,
foie gras, and wine tastings, delightful French countryside, and
- Gascony Route: Canal de Garonne between Montauban and Boé
- Bordeaux Route: Canal de Garonne between Boé and Castet-en-Dorthe
- Up to 8 guests in 4 cabins
- Private charters and Cabin cruises
- Learn more: View Rosa’s online brochure