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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

TRADE TASTING: Maxxium Portfolio, Nov 4, 2008

The Time and Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2008  4 PM to 9 PM
The Event: The President's Tasting: Maxxium Canada
The Venue: McLean House, Vaughan Estates
The Target Audience: wine trade, clients, press
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available or will be. The
catalogue, as in the past, was spread over a series of rooms, beginning
with the patio sparklers, the whites and reds of the conservatory, the
robust reds of the mahogany room, leading to ports back on the patio
and serious drinks in the library. The coach house had the party
drinks. Suppliers were Beam Global, Donnafugata, Henkell, Kobrand,
Louis Latour, Masi, Oyster Bay, Poderi Colla, Quinta da Aveleda, and
the Edrington Group.
The Quote: "This seminar is going on too long". [allow more time next
year]
The Wines: there were 96 wines, plus fortifieds and rare spirits and
mixed drinks. I only tasted wine, but not all 96.
 
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Masi Amarone Riserva di Costasera 2003, $59.95 private order
-Poderi Colla Barolo Brolo Bussia 2004, $57.95, Vintages  +596890
-J&F Lurton Chacayes Mendoza 2004 - $77.95, Vintages pending
-J&F Lurton Rueda Cuesta de Oro 2006 Rueda Spain - $26.95, private
order
-KWV Paarl Mentors Chenin Blanc 2006 - $24.95, private order
-Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne 2005 - $179.95, Vintages Classics May
26, 2009 (2006)
-Sileni Estate The Lodge Chardonnay 2007 New Zealand - $16.95, private
order
-Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2005 – $35.95 Vintages
Classics Jan 7 2009
-Simonnet-Febvre Cremont de Bourgogne Rose NV - $19.95 private order
-Vina Sena Arboleda Carmenere 2007 - $16.95 private order
-A. Lurton Divinus de Chateau Bonnet Blanc 2007 - $34.95 private order
-A. Lurton Divinus de Chateau Bonnet Rouge 2003 - $34.95 private order
 
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Donnafugata Mille e una Notte 2005, $75.95 private order
-Poderi Colla Nebbiolo d'Alba 2006, $25.95 private order
-Cono Sur 20 Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, $24.95, Vintages July 4,
2009
-Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2007, $18.95 Vintages Essential +326728
-J&F Lurton El Albar Excelencia 2005 Toro Spain - $51.95, Vintages Jan
7, 2009 +108720
-KWV Paarl Perold Shiraz 2003 - $89.95, Vintages Feb 4, 2009 +993261
-Louis Latour Corton Grancey 2005 - $100, Vintages Classics (2003)
-Vina Sena Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - $19.95 Vintages +606764
-Vina Sena 2006 - $79 Vintages Classics May 26, 2009
-Groom Barossa Valley Shiraz 2006 - $37.95 Vintages +74237
 
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Adam Henkell Chardonnay 2005, $26.95 Private order
-Donnafugata Tancredi 2005, $32.95 consignment
-Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncoglie 2005, $48.95 Vintages +715763 (2004)
-Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2007, $27.95 Vintages June 2, 2009
-J&F Lurton Gran Lurton Corte Friulano 2006 Argentina - $19.95,
Vintages +66829
-J&F Lurton Gran Lurton Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Argentina - $20.95,
Vintages +980334
-Louis Latour Mersault Chateau de Blagny 2005 - $72.45, Vintages
Classics
-Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2006 – $69.70 private order
-Tyrrell's Vat 8 Shiraz Hunter Valley 2006 - $49.95 private order
-Chateau La Louviere Rouge 2006 Pessac-Leognan - $41.95 private order
 
The Food: one of the best annual spreads: oysters, artisanal cheeses,
charcuterie, salmon, steak, roast beef and pork, fish, glorious
desserts, and the like.
The Downside: we all lamented the lack of Alsace and Champagne, but
c'est la vie.
The Upside: seminars were useful. I attended the Italian wines of
Piedmonte and Sicily, and had some interesting samples.
The Contact Person: presidentstasting@maxxium.com
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 90.
 
 
 
 

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