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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dec 7/09: APVSA Tasting, French wines.

The Time and Date: Monday, December 7, 2009  10AM to 4PM
The Event: APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des vins et
spiritueux en Amerique du Nord).
The Venue: Delta Chelsea Inn
The Target Audience: wine agents.
The Availability/Catalogue: no wines are currently available in
Ontario. The group is here to try to get some agents to agree to rep
the principal. Some of the wines are available in Quebec and Alberta.
Most of the wines were French, and there were sales staff available to
comment on the prices and production.
The Wines: The problem I had with the wines, and one that must be
acknowledged, is that they were no better than the wines that we
already have here in Ontario. There really did not seem to be any price
advantages, either. These 60 or so wines could be made available
through Vintages or Consignment. In the past, many have been picked up
for sale in Ontario. Here were my faves, regardless of
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tissier & Fils Le Petit Morice Sancerre Blanc 2008, 5.60E
-Chateau Vari 2007 Bergerac Rouge, 3.30E
-Chateau Vari Reserve du Chateau 2005 Monbazillac, 5.60E 375mL
-Ellul-Ferrieres Rouge Grande Cuvee Coteaux du Languedoc 2007, 8E
-Ellul-Ferrieres Rouge Dolce Vitae Coteaux du Languedoc 2007, 5E
-Dom. Du Mas Rous Cotes du Roussillon Rouge Cuvee 2006, 4.58E
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Earl Maison Pere & Fils Cheverny Rouge 2008, 3.50E
-Earl Maison Pere & Fils Cheverny Blanc Revelation 2008, 3.90E
-Chateau La Croix St. Anne 2005 Bord Sup, 2.90E
-Chateau Vari 2005 Monbazillac, 3.20E 375mL
-Chateau Belot L'Argiliere 2006 Rouge Saint-Chinian, 5.60E
-Domaine Belot Viognier 2008 Pays d'Oc, 3E
-Dom. Du Mas Rous Muscat de Rivesaltes 2008 Vin Doux Naturel, 4.79E
-Dom. Pio Notre Dame Minervois Rouge 2007 Fut en Chene, 10E
-Dom. Pio Notre Dame Minervois Rose 2008, 4E
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Vray Canon Boyer 2002 Canon Fronsac, 4.50
-Chateau Au Grand Paris 2007 Bordeaux Sup, 2.80E
-Chateau Belot Le Vignalet 2007 Rouge Saint-Chinian, 2.50E
-Dom. Du Mas Rous Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Pays d'Oc, 4.58
-Dom. De Mas Rous Cotes du Roussillon Tradition 2008 Rouge, 3.58E
-Dom. Pio Notre Dame Minervois Rouge 2007, 4.50E
The Food: none.
The Downside: selection is eclectic and bottles arrive haphazardly.
Some bottles never arrived at all, but we were not told this until we
got there.
The Upside: a chance to taste some engaging wines not available here.
There is a listing of wines with FOB prices in Euros.
The Contact Person: Pascal
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.

1 comment:

Hampers said...

Nice blog. I like the wine from France,their varieties, history and regions; Bordeaux, Champagne, Alsace and more.