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Monday, September 21, 2009
Francois Lurton Tasting at Le Select, Sept 10, 2009
The Time and Date: Thursday, Sept 10, 2009
The Event: a Francois Lurton tasting, with Diamond Estate agency and Francois himself leading the Powerpoint discussion.
The Venue: Le Select
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: we were able to taste about 23 wines. Not all are in the Ontario market, but many (and others not tasted) have been submitted to the LCBO.
The Quote/Background: The wines come from different countries, and from within, different regions: France, Spain, Portugal, Chile, and Argentina. Lurton makes about 70 different wines, and he makes more white wines than red. He uses grapes from his own or contracted vineyards.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-F. Lurton Quinta do Malho 2007 Douro, about $100 blend of port wine varieties, brimming with fruit and character
-F. Lurton Gran Lurton Corte Friulano 2007 Uco ValleyArgentina - +66829, $19.95 Vintages softy caramel nose, woody palate, floral muscat tones from the Tokay Friulano grape.
-F. Lurton Gran Lurton Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Uco ValleyArgentina, +980334, $20.95 Vintages lots of character at this price point.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-F. Lurton Terra Sana 2008 V d P de Vignobles de France, about $15, organic syrah grapes.
-F. Lurton Les Hauts de Janeil 2008 V de P d'Oc, $12.95 mid-November syrah and grenache
-F. Lurton Mas Janeil 2006 Cotes du Roussillon Village, $19.95 Grenache, syrah and carignan.
-F. Lurton El Albar Barricas 2006 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, $20-25 Tempranillo variant.
The Food: we had a variety of expensive wines with the lunch, but wine service was erratic. There was just one white wine, followed by heavier reds, and those who had ordered a salmon were out-of-luck in cross-tasting food and wine. The Pilheiros Vinho verde Alvarinho 2008 we had went terrific with the opening mesclun salad, but its price point of $25 made one pause. The four reds went marvelously with the steak and/or mushroom risotto they were about $45 to $100 in price.
The Downside: we started late due to a late arrival of some wine writers. Also, because we covered five countries with different regions, and because Lurton is a terroirist, much time was spent on discussing climate and soils in terms of the wine. Lunch was for , but it was after before we started and several wine writers had already left.
The Upside: a great opportunity to catch a house style through several different wine regions of the world. I'm glad I stayed.