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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des vins), February 24, 2010

The Time and Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010   10 AM to 6 PM
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 are often sales staff
available to comment on the prices and production. This road show also
visits New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Calgary and Montreal
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 price (all
prices are ex-cellar Euros):
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Guy de Chassey Champagne Cuvee Antide, $27.90 E
-Domaine de la Renne Touraine Sauvignon 2009, 2.50 E
-Domaine Charles Allexant et Fils Rully Les Cailloux 2007, 7.90 E
-Chateau Haut Bernasse Cotes de Bergerac Rouge 2006, 3.70 E
-Chateau Haut Bernasse 2003 Monbazillac, 7.10 E for 500 mL
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-SCEV Clos du Porteau Sauvignon Blanc Le Courlis 2009, 2.84 E
-Domaine Millet Francois Sancerre Rouge 2007, 5.60 E
-Domaine Gardien St. Pourcain Blanc Nectar des Fees 2009, 3.10 E
-Domaine Gardien St. Pourcain Rouge Reserve des Grands Jours 2006 VDQS,
4.24 E
-Domaine Dyckerhoff Reuilly Blanc 2008 Loire, 4.35 E
-Vignerons de Tutiac Bordeaux Sauvignon 2008 Quintet, 2.70 E
-Vignobles Clissey Fermis Bordeaux Maynad 2005, 2.20 E
-Chateau Vari Reserve du Chateau 2005 Monbazillac, 5.60 E for 375 mL
-SARL La Cave Gourmande Chateau Belot Le Vignalet 2007 Saint Chinian,
2.50 E
-Domaine Plo Notre Dame Minervois Rouge 2007, 4.50 E
-Domaine du Mas Rous Muscat de Riversaltes 2008 VDN, 4.79 E
-Domaine Jean Gleizes Muscat Sec 2008 Vin de Pays d'Oc, 2.26 E
-Caves Cantalric Corbieres Chateau de Comigne Fut 2006, 3.50 E
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Millet Francois Sancerre Blanc 2008, 5.60 E
-Domaine Gardien St. Pourcain Rouge Cuvee du Terroir 2009, 3.10 E
-Domaine Gardien Methode Traditionnelle Blanc Perle de Chassignolles,
4.85 E
-Domaine de la Renne Touraine Rouge Cuvee Eminence 2008, 2.95 E
-Domaine Nebout St. Pourcain Tressaillier des Gravieres 2008
(Chardonnay), 3.70 E
-Domaine Charles Allexant et Fils Savigny-les-Beaunes 2007 Aux
Fourneaux , 7.85 E
-Vignobles Clissey Fermis Chateau Haut Terre Fort Bordeaux 2006, 2.30 E
-Chateau Vari 2005 Monbazillac, 3.20 E for 375 mL
-Auguste Bonlouis Chais du Soleil NV, 250 mL PET with 4 nipples for
resting on flat surfaces. Merlot, Chardonnay, and Syrah Rose available
for 0.80 E each.
-Domaine Jean Gleizes Merlot 2008 Vin de Pays d'Oc, 1.80 E
-Caves Cantalric Chardonnay Rendez-Vous 2008 Vin de Pays d'Oc, 2.25 E
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.

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