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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Event: Terroirs et Signatures de Bourgogne 2009, a wine trade show, March 17, 2009

 The Time and Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009  1PM to 5PM
The Event: Terroirs et Signatures de Bourgogne 2009, a trade show
promoting the wine of Burgundy, sponsored by the Bureau
Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne.
The Venue: St. Andrews Club, King Street
The Target Audience: wine media, agents, sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: in various distribution channels (Vintages,
private orders, consignment, etc.). The show catalogue was also meant
for the Montreal and Vancouver shows. Some producers were in Toronto
only, others were in Montreal only. Most were at all shows. There were
31 producers, showing an average of six wines each. Most had agents,
but many principals were also in attendance.
The Quote/Background: some producers were seeking agents, some wines
were not shipped, other wines were different than specified in the
catalogue. There was a basic seminar in Burgundy wines, but I needed
the full four hours to browse the fair.
The Wines: some wines are available in different vintages as they sell
through. As one wine agent put it, "The three wines numbered 2, 4, and
9 are not currently available in Ontario. The rest are either in shops
(2005 vintage) or in transit (2006). The six underlined wines are being
presented for tasting this afternoon. Look for the CSPC number." Of
course, I was not able to taste all the wines.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine d'Ardhuy Puligny Montratchet 1er Cru Sous le Puits 2005, $75.
-Defaix Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2007, $79.50 Lamprecht
-Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches 2005 Blanc, $90 Family Wine
-Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Gagey 2006, Lifford
-Jadot Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru Domaine Heritiers 2004 Blanc,
-Prunier Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Clos du Val Rouge 2006, $59.85 Le
-Rodet Puligny Montrachet 2006, $39.95 Diamond
-Taupenot-Merme Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2006, $99
Tastevin Selections
-Taupenot-Merme Mazoyeres Chambertin 2006, $160 Tastevin Selections
-Chateau de Meursault Meursault 1er Cru 2005
-Delagrange Pommard 1er Cru Les Bertins 2006
-Parent Beaune 1er Cru Les Epentottes 2002, Tastevin Selections
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Dom. D'Ardhuy Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 Rouge, $180 Classics
-Brocard Chablis Organic 2007
-Brocard Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2007
-Champy Corton Grand Cru 2006 Rouge
-Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay Signature 2006, $22.95 Vintages
-Chanson Puligny Montrachet Hameau de Blagney 1er cru 2007, $102.70
John Hanna & Sons
-Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Cote de Lechet Reserve 2006, $37.50 Lamprecht
-Delagrange et Fils Meursault 2007, $49.95
-Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2007 Halpern
-Chateau de Meursalt Marsannay Blanc Champ Perdrix 2005, $32
-Louis Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2006 Lorac
-Reitz Chambolle Musigny Echanges Tastevine 2000, Cipelli
-Chateau de Rully Duvergey Taboureau 2006, $34.95 Diamond
-Roux Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherelles 2007, Vinexx
-Chanson Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2006, $184.95 Hanna
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru La Singuliere 2005
-Chanson Gevrey-Chambertin Rouge 2006, $66.65 Hanna
-Michel Juillot Mercurey Les Vignes de Maillonge 2007, $32 The Case for
-Roux Rully 2007 Clos de Mollespierres, $25 Vinexx
-Reitz Corton-Renardes 2005, Cipelli
The Food: bread and water, although the Media Room had charcuterie,
chicken confit, duck breasts, pate, fruit and cheeses for the hungry
interviewers and principals.
The Downside: it was difficult to talk to many producers after the show
had been underway for an hour as the trade audience increased in size.
The Upside: a great opportunity to taste a variety of upscale wines
(most were in the $30 - $99 range) and different vintages. I think the
oldest one was 2000.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 93.

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