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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trade Tasting Event: APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des vins etc) July 2/09

 The Time and Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009   10 AM to 6 PM
The Event: APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des vins et
spiritueux en Amerique du Nord).
The Venue: Delta Chelsea Inn
The Target Audience: wine agents.
The Availability/Catalogue: no wines are currently available in
Ontario. The group is here to try to get some agents to agree to rep
the principal. Some of the wines are available in Quebec and Alberta.
Most of the wines were French, and there were sales staff available to
comment on the prices and production.
The Wines: The problem I had with the wines, and one that must be
acknowledged, is that they were no better than the wines that we
already have here in Ontario. There really did not seem to be any price
advantages, either. These 40 or so wines could be made available
through Vintages or Consignment. Here were my faves, regardless of
price (Bordeaux dominated):
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Moulin de Sales 2000 Lalande de Pomerol
-Dom. Des Planes La Cuvee Reservee 2006 Cotes de Provence, organic
cabernet sauvignon and mourvedre blend.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Moulin de Sales 2002 Lalande de Pomerol
-Chateau de L'Eveche 2000 Lalande de Pomerol
-Chateau de L'Eveche 2003 Lalande de Pomerol
-Chateau La Haye 2004 St. Estephe
-Teresa Raiz Decano Rosso 2006 Friuli, 13.5% ABV
-Teresa Raiz Sovrej 2007 Venezia Giulia
-Chateau Du Grand Janisson 2004 Premiere Cotes du Bordeaux
-Chateau Janisson 2003 Cadillac Bordeaux, botrytisized sweetie
-Chateau Haut-Terre-Fort 2008 Entre-Deux-Mers
-Dom. Des Planes Flamant Rose Cotes de Provence 2008, organic.
-L'Or des Schistes 2003 St. Chinian, organic
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Moulin de Sales 2003 Lalande de Pomerol
-Chateau Moulin de Sales 2005 Lalande de Pomerol
-Chateau Touteau 2007 Montaigne St. Emilion
-Chateau de L'Eveche 2005 Lalande de Pomerol
-Teresa Raiz Vigneti Le Marsure Merlot 2007
-Chateau Puy Bardens 2004 Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux
-Chateau La Bergere 2007 Montaigne St. Emilion
-Chateau Moulin La Bergere 2006 St. Georges St. Emilion
The Food: none.
The Downside: usually there is not enough space to sprawl out and write
notes. No paper was furnished, so I used some 3 by 5 cards.
The Upside: a chance to taste some engaging wines not available here.
There is a listing of wines with prices, but it is complicated.
The next show will be in October, 2009.
The Contact Person: for prices, etc., check with Pascal
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.

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