The Date and Time: Monday, September 28, 2015 11AM to 2PM
The Event: A structured tasting of Domaine Pierre Amadieu of Gigondas, led by Henri-Claude Amadieu.
The Venue: The Kitchen Event Room, LCBO #10 Scrivener Square.
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: 4 of the 6 wines are or will available through the LCBO's distribution channels. Two others were for reference tasting only and are not for sale anywhere.
The Quote/Background: I joined the tail end of the discussion but was able to have a private interview with Henri-Claude about his wines and to taste them on my own. While the ABV was 14.5 – 15%, at no time did any of the wines have a hot finish. Good winemaking here. The wines are also unfiltered, from old vines, and grenache/syrah blends. His wines are available here though Macdonald Wines & Spirits, a division of Trilogy Wine Group.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pierre Amadieu Domaine Grand Romane Rouge 2013 Gigondas TBD, $35
-Pierre Amadieu Le Pas de L'Aigle Rouge 2010 Gigondas Not for sale
-Pierre Amadieu Le Pas de L'Aigle Rouge 2009 Gigondas Not for sale
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pierre Amadieu Le Pas de L'Aigle Rouge 2012 Gigondas TBD, $40
-Pierre Amadieu Romane Machotte Rouge 2012 Gigondas Vintages $28
-Pierre Amadieu Vinsobres Les Piallats Rouge 2012 Consignment $21
The Food: the event was catered with an Italian lunch; we had breaded mushrooms, salumi, olives, cheeses, panini, and more.
The Downside: I had just come from a tasting
The Upside: a good chance to chat with Henri-Claude
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.