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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Terroir & Signatures de Bourgogne, Toronto, March 2011 Tasting

The Time and Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011   Noon to 4 PM
The Event: Terroirs & Signatures de Bourgogne 2011, an annual wine
tasting of the latest harvest in Burgundy.
The Venue: Art Gallery of Ontario.
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: some wines are available but most are not
directly available right now. Most wineries had agents, and they could
quote prices and delivery. The catalogue was an excellent tool, with a
brief description of the philosophy of the winery on one page and a
contact directory with wines presented on the other page. Kudos all
round on this, even though many prices were just estimates.
The Quote/Background: "There are more wines here than are listed in the
The Wines: I could not taste every wine.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Parent Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2008
-Daniel Rion Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Grand Vignes 2009
-Daniel Rion Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignerondes 2009
-Chateau de Corton-Andre Corton Grand Cru Les Chaumes 2007
-Domaine Parent Pommard 1er Cru Les Chaponnieres 2007
-Domaine d'Ardhuy Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008
-Maison Chanson Pere et Fils Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru En Caradeux
-Maison Chanson Pere et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les
Chenevottes 2008
-J Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2008
-Malandes Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2009
-Prieur Meursault Clos de Mazeray Monopole 2007
-Roux Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine d'Ardhuy Clos des Langres 2007
-Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2008
-Villamont Volnay 1er Cru Le Ronceret 2008
-Maison Chanson Chassagne-Montrachet les Chenevottes 2008
-Domaines François Labet Clos Vougeot Château de la Tour Vieilles Vignes 2007
-Domaines François Labet Clos Vougeot Château de la Tour  2008
-Domaines François Labet Meursault Les Tillets 2009
-Château Corton Grancey 2009 Grand Cru
-Domaine Parent Pommard Les Chaponnières 2007
-Domaine des Malandes Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2009
-Malandes Chablis Vieilles Vignes Tour du Roy 2009
 -Domaine Marcel Servin Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2006.
-Daniel Rion Nuits-Saint-George 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2009
-Gille Nuits-Saint-George 1er Cru Les Cailles 2006
-Gille Nuits-Saint-George Les Brulees
-Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots 2006
-Coste-Caumartin Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers 2009
-Brocard Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux 2009
-Malandes Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2009
-Bichot Chablis Grand Cru Moutonne Domaine Long Depaquit 2008
-Chanson Beaune 1er Cru Les Clos des Mouches 2008
-Roux Saint-Aubin 1er Cru La Chateniere 2009, $39 Vinexx
-Roux Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Corton 2009,  Vinexx
-Girardin Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2008, $36
-Juillot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008, $105 Case for Wine
-Champy/Laleure Piot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008, $125 H.H.D.
-Champy/Laleure Piot Corton Grand Cru 2009
-Domaine J-P Paquet Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes Domaine de Fussiacus
-Chateau de Corton-Andre Pommard 1er Cru Clos de la Commaraine 2007
-Domaine Coste-Caumartin Saint-Romain Sous Le Chateau 2009
-Girardin Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Vermots-Dessus 2008, $25.95 Halpern
-Girardin Santenay 1er Cru Clos de Tavannes 2008, $36 Harpern
-Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2008, $47.95 Halpern
-Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2008, $44.95 Halpern
-Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne 2008
-Lorion Pouilly-Fuisse Les Vieux Murs Reserve Caveau 1997,  Select
-Roux Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumes 2009
-Roux Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots 2008
-Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Cent Vignes 2009
-Rion Vosne-Romanee 2009
-Rion Echezeaux Grand Cru 2009
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Taupenot-Merme Bel Air Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2007
-Domaine d'Ardhuy Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Clous 2009
-Drouhin Savigny-Les-Beaune Fourneaux 2009
-Prunier et Fille Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Clos du Val 2007, $59.85 Le
-Juillot Mercurey 1er Cru Clos Tonnerre 2008, $36 Case for Wine
-Domaine de Suremain Mercurey 1er Cru La Bondue 2007
-Moreau Chablis 1er Cru Vaulignot 2009
-Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2009
-La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2008, 28.95 (Vintages July)
-Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Cote de Lechet 2008
-Vignerons de Buxy Montagny 1er Cru Les Chaniots 2008, $21.95 Vinexx
-Vignerons des Terres Secretes Saint-Veran Les Monts 2009, $19.95
-Loron Bourgogne Blanc Montvallon Chardonnay, +167155, $12.95.
The Food: we had regional cheeses, rilettes, pate, charcuterie and
sausages (one very hot and totally inappropriate for a tasting of this
stature: it took 15 minutes for a palate to recover), breads and
The Downside: not enough time!!  There were a LOT of white wines I
could not taste since time ran out.
The Upside: there were two special exhibitor tables with one bottle of
red or white wine from each producer. These we could pour and try at
our leisure without slowing down the action. It was a perfect spot to
The Contact Person: or
The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 90.

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