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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nov 17/09 - Trade Tasting - La Chablisienne at Biff's

The Time and Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009  Noon to 2:30 PM
The Event: a luncheon to taste La Chablisienne wines in the Ontario
The Venue: Biff's Bistro
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: we sampled four wines from listings at the
LCBO. We also had a reception wine, Cremant de Bourgogne Reserve NV
from Bailly-Lapierre ($19.95 Vintages), a partner of La Chablisienne.
The Quote/Background: La Chablisienne is represented by Vinexx;
Christoph Cardona, the Export Manager for the Americas, was on hand to
lead the tasting and to answer any questions. The co-op has 300
grapegrowers who supply must to the team of winemakers. The co-op has
about 25% of all Chablis vineyards. They make a range of 30 different
special wines (including classed crus of 13 Premiers and 6 Grands)
right down to basic Chablis and Petit Chablis. At the top is Chateau
Grenouilles, made with 35 year old vines from a single estate in
Grenouilles. Next May 2010 the Classics catalogue will feature more
Chablis from this producer.
The Wines: it was very good to taste a range of Chablis against food.
Chablis is the classic food wine, with its crisp tartness.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Chablisienne Chateau Grenouilles Chablis Grand Cru 2005, $89 +82974
Classics Catalogue
-La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2005, $65 +581686 Classics
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bailly-Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Reserve NV, $19.95
-La Chablisienne Chablis Les Venerables Vielles Vignes 2006, $24.95
Vintages Essentials +942243 – made from 35 year old vines. Half of the
production is allocated to the LCBO.

*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorents 2006, $31.80 +111666
The Food: we began with appetizers, with the Cremant: cured salmon
wraps, quiche, chicken with mustard sauce, chevre on toasts. Most of us
then had the smoked salmon, although some had the beet soup. We all
chose the seared arctic char with remoulade, green beans, and a toasted
almond vinaigrette. The cheese platter had a triple crème, a blue, and
a firm cheese (all unidentified, but then, nobody asked the service). A
classic vanilla bean creme brulee came for dessert, with espresso and
Vieux Marc du Chateau Grenouilles (400 bottles a year, not for sale,
but valued at $250 a bottle).
The Downside: we were originally to have Damien Leclerc, Directeur
Generale of La Chablisienne, but he had to cancel his whole North
American tour at the last moment.
The Upside: quality wine with quality food.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 89.

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