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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Feb 23/11: Tasting APVSA wines on offer

The Time and Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011  11AM to  6 PM
The Event: the monthly 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 is sales staff available to
comment on the prices and production. This road show also visits such
places as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Calgary,
Vancouver, Miami, Washington DC, and Montreal. Occasionally, the show
will have wines from Italy, Spain and Australia.
The Wines: The problem I had with the wines, and one that must be
acknowledged, is that (by and large) they were almost no better than
the wines that we already have here in Ontario. There really did not
seem to be any price advantages, either. But these 40 or so wines could
be made available through Vintages or Consignment. In the past, quite a
few have been picked up for sale in Ontario. They were mostly the good
value or unique wines. Here were my faves, regardless of price (all
prices are ex-cellar Euros). I did not try every wine:
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alain Voge St. Peray Terres Boisees 2008 Marsanne, 9.20 E
-Moulin de Breuil Cuvee Elegance Cotes Catalane 2009 Cab-Merlot IGP,
3.15 E
-Gocker Gewurztraminer 2009, 3.80 E
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Fontbaude Cotes de Castillon 2008 Vieilles Vignes, 4.75 Euros
-Pradelle Crozes Hermitage 2009 Rouge, 4.50 E
-Domaine Grand Pere Jules Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009 Organic, 4.50 E
-Domaine des Carabiniers Lirac Rouge 2009 Organic, 5.90 E
-Domaine des Carabiniers Lirac Blanc 2009 Organic, 5.40 E
-Domaine des Carabiniers Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2009 Organic, 3.85 E
-Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes 2007, 21 E
-Alain Voge Cotes du Rhone Les Peyrouses 100% syrah 2008, 4.70 E
-Alain Voge St. Joseph Les Vinsonnes 2008 100% syrah, 11 E
-Alain Voge St. Peray Harmonie 2009 Marsanne, 8.20 E
-Domaine de Malavieille Coteaux du Languedoc-Terrasse du Larzac
Alliance Rouge 2007, 4.00 E
-Moulin de Breuil Cuvee Elegance Cotes du Roussillon Rouge 2009 GSM,
3.25 E
-Moulin de Breuil Cuvee Attelage Cotes du Roussillon Rouge 2008 GSM,
4.25 E
-Domaine Robert Klingenfus Pinot Noir 2009 Alsace, 4.10 E
-Gocker Riesling 2009, 3.50 E
-Henry Fuchs Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg Vendange Tardive 2000, 17.50
-Henry Fuchs Pinot Gris 2009, 4.65 E
-Alain Mabillot Reuilly 2010 Loire, 4.50 E
-Alain Mabillot Reuilly 2008 Mont Cocu Loire, 5.6 E
-Alain Mabillot Reuilly 2019 Rouge Loire, 4.5 E
-Maillard Christophe Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie Domaine des
Sablons 2010, 3.07 E
-Ecuyers Talmard Macon Chardonnay Blanc 2009, 4 E
-Chateau Goubau La Source 2007 Bordeaux, 4.50 E
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Fontbaude Cotes de Castillon 2008, 3.75 Euros
-Denis Lafon La Revelation Premieres Cotes de Blaye 2005, 5.75 E
-Chateau du Grand Barrail Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2008, 3.50 E
-Domaine des Carabiniers Tavel Rose Organic 2009, 5.83 E
-Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles 2008, 12 E
-Domaine Les Terres de Mallyce Cotes du Roussillon Village Rouge 2008,
4 E
-Domaine St. Michel Archange Tour de Boussecos Rouge 2009, 4 E
-Domaine St. Michel Archange Cuvee Josephine Rouge 2008, 5.50 E
-Domaine Robert Klingenfus Pinot Blanc 2009 Alsace, 4.33 E
-Domaine Robert Klingenfus Riesling 2009 Alsace, 4.49 E
-Domaine Robert Klingenfus Riesling Grand Cru Bruderthal 2009 Alsace,
9.11 E
-Gocker Pinot Gris 2009, 3.50 E
-Henry Fuchs Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 2009, 2.95 E
-Henry Fuchs Gewurztraminer 2009, 4.65 E
-Henry Fuchs Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg 2007, 8.30 E
-B. Fleuriet et Fils Sancerre 2010, 6 E
-J. Rouze Quincy 2010, 4.60 E
-Marchesseau Bourgeuil Alouette 2009, 3.61 E
-G. Blanchett Pouilly Fume 2010, 5.50 E
-Maillard Christophe Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie Domaine des
Sablons 2010, 3.07 E
-Maillard Christophe Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie Cuvee Camille
2009, 3.75 E
-Ecuyers Talmard Macon Blanc 2009, 4 E
-Chateau Goubau 2008 Bordeaux, 7.50 E
-Chateau Goubau La Source 2008 Bordeaux, 4.75 E
-Les Charmes de Goubau 2008 Bordeaux, 3.50 E
The Downside: selection is eclectic and some bottles arrive
haphazardly. Some bottles never arrived at all, but we were not told
this until we got there. Some bottles are in the show, but are not
listed in the catalogue. It can be frustrating.
The Upside: a chance to taste some engaging wines not available here.
There is a listing of wines with FOB prices in Euros.
The Contact Person: Pascal
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 84.

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