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Sunday, June 2, 2013

2011 Marchand-Tawse Grand Vins de Bourgogne tasted...

The Date and Time: Monday, May 6, 2013    3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The Event: A tasting of 2011 Marchand-Tawse Grand Vins de Bourgogne, with Murray Tawse and Pascal Marchand.

The Venue: Modus Restaurant, King St West

The Target Audience: wine media, clients.

The Availability/Catalogue: the company is in its third year of operation, and produces more than 50 wines, including 12 from biodynamically–farmed estate vineyards.

The Quote/Background: Pascal Marchand has had over 25 years of winemaking experience at Burgundy domains (Comte Armand, Jean Fery) and as consultant in Chile, California, Australia and Canada.

The Wines: Prices are RETAIL.


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Marchand-Tawse Avalon Blanc 2011, $33 [blend from 3 chardonnay vineyards] – my fave

-Marchand-Tawse Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011, $195

-Tawse Chardonnay Quarry Road Estate 2010 VQA, $57.95


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Marchand-Tawse Meursault 2011, $59

-Marchand-Tawse Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain 2011, $80

-Marchand-Tawse Beaune 1er cru Tuvilains 2011, $56

-Marchand-Tawse Volnay 1er cru 2011, $65

-Marchand-Tawse Corton Rouge Grand Cru 2011, $110

-Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block Estate 2010 VQA, $45.95

-Tawse Pinot Noir Lauritzen Vineyard 2010 VQA, $44.95


The Food: charcuterie, cheeses, veggies and dip, fruit, breads, artichoke hearts.

The Downside: it as a cold and windy afternoon, and the room quickly filled up.

The Upside: a chance to compare some wines, especially the Canadian Tawse and the Burgundy Marchand-Tawse.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90

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