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Saturday, August 7, 2010

June 29, 2010: APVSA Tasting in Toronto

The Time and Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2010   10 AM to 6 PM
The Event: the monthly 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 (by and large) 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, quite a few
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):
-Chateau des Jean-Loron Chenas Les Jean-Loron 2007, 4.50 Euros
-Domaine du Bicheron Gaec Rousset Macon Peronne 2008, 3.80 E – Gold at
World Chardonnay competition.
-Caves Cantalric Jean de Meyrac Bouquet de Garrigues 2009 V de P
-Domaine du Mas Rous Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 VDP des Cotes Catalanes,
4.85 E
-Chateau Bellefontaine Vieille Vignes 2009 Costieres de Nimes, 3.74 E
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau des Jean-Loron Chenas Les Gandelins 2008, 4.50 Euros
-Clos du Porteau Sauvignon Blanc Le Courlis 2008, 2.84 E
-Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre Rose 2009, 6.10 E
-Domaine Nebout St. Pourcain Blanc Tradition Chardonnay 2009, 3.30 E
-Domaine Jacky et Pascal Preys Silex Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc Vieilles
Vignes 2008, 3.90 E
-Domaine de la Chaise Touraine Blanc Sauvignon 2009, 2.85 E
-Domaine de la Renne Touraine Sauvignon 2009, 2.65 E
-Domaine de la Renne Chardonnay 2009 Vins de Pays du Val de Loire,2.50E
-Champagne Vollereaux Cuvee Marguerite Blanc 2004, 18.90 E
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Santenay Le Chainey Blanc 2008, 7.80 E
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Santenay 1er Cru Grand Clos Rousseau La
Fussiere Dessus Rouge 2008, 8.30 E
-Caves Cantalric Corbieres Rouge Chateau de Comigne Fut 2006, 3.50 E
-Domaine de Malavieille Coteaux du Languedoc Saint Saturnin Les Mas de
Bertrand 2005, 4 E
-Domaine de Clarmon Cuvee Hommage 2008 Minervois, 7.13 E
-Chateau Bellefontaine 2009 Costieres de Nimes, 2.98 E
-Vignobles du Soleil Caze Blanque Cabernet Sauvignon VDO d'Oc 2009,
-Domaine Les Girard du Boucou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2007, 12.50 E -
-Anne Hugues Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Saumades 2008, 8.95 E
-Anne Hugues Vaucluse 2006 VDP 2006, 1.75 E
-Anne Hugues Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Saintes Vierges 2008, 12.50E
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre Blanc 2009, 6.20 E
-Domaine Nebout St. Pourcain Tressaillier des Gravieres 2009, 3.70 E
-Domaine Nebout St. Pourcain Rouge Tradition 2009, 3.10 E
-Domaine Nebout St. Pourcain Seduction Rouge 2009, 4.50 E
-Domaine Jacky et Pascal Preys Touraine Rouge Cuvee Plaisir des Anges
2006, 2.90 E
-Domaine Jacky et Pascal Preys Touraine Sauvignon les pillotieres 2008,
2.70 E
-Domaine Gilles Blanchet Pouilly Fume 2009, 5 E
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc 2008, 5E
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2008, 5E
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Bourgogne Maranges Rouge 2007, 6.80 E
-Chateau d'Estoublon Blanc 2007 Vin de Pays des Alpilles, 11.90 E
-Caves Cantalric Syrah Rouge Rendez-Vous 2007 VDP d'Oc, 2.25 E
-Domaine de Malavieille Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasse du Larzac
Alliance Rouge 2007, 4 E
-Domaine de Malavieille Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasse du Larzac Permien
Rouge 2007, 3 E
-Domaine du Mas Rous Cotes du Roussillon Rouge 2004 de chene, 4.58 E
-Domaine du Mas Rous Cotes du Roussillon Tradition Rouge 2008, 3.58 E
-Domaine de Clarmon Cuvee Clara 2008 Minervois, 4.02 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): 84.

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