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Sunday, May 31, 2009

TASTING: Vins du Jura, April 29, 2009

The Time and Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2009   1 PM to 6 PM
The Event: Vins du Jura trade tasting.
The Venue: Park Hyatt Toronto hotel
The Target Audience: wine trade and wine press.
The Availability/Catalogue: just about none of these wines are
currently available; suppliers were looking for representation.
The Quote/Background: Anne Popoff led a seminar on the various wine
styles from the Jura. 19 producers were in the show, which also visited
Montreal. In general, the pinot noirs were coarse, and the macvin du
jura are similar to pineau de charentes. Vin Jaune and Chateau Chalon
are acquired styles, possibly for fino sherry lovers. Vin de Paille
made an interesting dessert wine.
The Wines: prices were hard to determine, especially since the French
do not seem to want to reveal them to the press. The Living Vine repped
Domaine Andre et Mireille Tissot as a biodynamic wine. Domaine Labet
was brave in only showing some pretty good chardonnays; they had five
of them at differing price levels.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine André & Mireille Tissot Arbois Savagnin 2005, $43.95
-Domaine Désiré Petit Arbois Pupillin Essen'ciel Blanc Floral 2006
-Henri Maire Château Chalon Vin Jaune 1998, $39.95
-Domaine de la Borde Savagnin Les Écrins 2004.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Daniel Dugois Vin de Paille 2005
-Château d'Arlay Cote de Jura Vin Jaune 2001
-Domaine Berthet Bondet Château Chalon 2002
-Domaine de la Renardière Arbois Pupillin Les Terraces Savagnin Ouillé
-Caves Jean Bourdy Chateau Chalon 2002
-Domaine de la Renardière Arbois Pupillin Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Benoit Badoz Cotes du Jura Cuvee Victoria Savignin Quille 2006
-Domaine Benoit Badoz Cotes du Jura Cuvee Arrogance Chardonnay 2006
-Domaine Daniel Dugois Vin Jaune 2002
-Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Savagnin Bio 2004
-Domaine Rolet Pere et Fils Arbois Vin Jaune 2000
-Henri Maire Cremant du Jura NV Chardonnay, $18.95

The Food: bread, cheeses and salami.
The Downside: very few of the wines were available in Ontario. The FOB
prices I got were very high.
The Upside: a good opportunity to taste a variety of Vin Jaune and
Chateau Chalon wines.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.

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