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Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Event: Tasting Rapeneau Family Champagnes at Reds in May

The Date and Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014   Cinq a Sept
The Event: Tasting Rapeneau Family Champagnes
The Venue: Reds Midtown
The Target Audience: invitees (media, clients)
The Availability/Catalogue: both wines are at the LCBO, the rose is at Vintages
The Quote/Background: The Rapeneau family is France's largest independent vineyard-order and producer of Champagne. Up until 5 years ago, all of the company's growth had come from the French domestic market. Now, because of exports to the UK, the US, Canada and Asia, Rapeneau family Champagnes are ranked #6 in sales world wide. Jean-Remy Rapeneau, who is in Canada for a week, dropped in to talk about his wines and the future of Champagnes.
The Wines:
-Champagne Charles de Cazanove Rose Brut Tradition NV, +369108 Vintages, $54.95: rated four stars (91 points plus), 50% pinot noir, 20% pinot meunier, 15% coteaux champenois rouge, and 15% chardonnay. Orchard fruit.
-Champagne Victoire Brut Prestige NV, +190025 LCBO, $39.95: rated three and a half stars (89 – 90), 65% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay, 15% pinot meunier. Floral and delicate.
The Food: a wide range of charcuterie (salamis, sausage, prosciutto, pate), toast points, candied pecans, chutneys, cheeses, olives, cornichons, lobster and guacamole on tortillas, focaccia salad. There may have been more, but I had to leave.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.


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