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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Report: Burgundy wine tasting at Victor Restaurant, April 8...

The Date and Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11AM to 3 PM
The Event: One Moment – One Bourgogne Wine seminar tasting and lunch
The Venue: Victor Restaurant, Mercer Street
The Target Audience: wine media and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: all 15 of the wines are available in Ontario
The Quote/Background: the seminar was led by John Szabo, with the presence
of Francois Labet, Chairman of the BIVB Marketing and Communication
Commission (since the beginning of this year). Regions were talked about, we
sampled, and each wine had a Q & A session for over an hour in total.
The Wines:

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-J Defaix Rully 1er Cru Mont Palais 2011, $41.99 Cons Lifford
-Chateau Vitallis Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2010, Vintages +360496,
-V Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2011, Vintages +364141,
-Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune de Chateau 2009 Beaune 1er Cru +325142, $36.90
-Roche de Bellene Beaune 1er cru Les Greves 2010, $46.95 Cons Tannin
-D Rion Nuits-Saint-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2011, Vintages +356600, $53.75

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating
-La Chablisienne Chablis 1er cru Montmains 2010, Vintages +265090, $28.95
-Louis Jadot Bourgogne Blanc 2013, Vintages Ess $20.95
-J Burrier Chateau de Beauregard Pouilly-Fuisse Vers Cras 2010, $49.95 Cons
-Dom Thenard Givry 1er Cru Cellier aux Moines 2008, Cons $32.50 Small

*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Gautheron Chablis 2012, +207902 Vintages, $24.95
-J Drouhin Macon Villages 2012, Vintages +356956, $17.75
-A Delorme Bourgogne Rouge 2010, Vintages +366427, $20.95
-A Bichot Dom du Pavillon Pommard Clos des Ursuline 2011, +23820 Vintages,
-Dom A Verdet Morey-Saint-Denis 2010, Vintages +354316, $36.25

The Food: we had choices. I opted for the sushi "pizza" of lobster salad,
tuna, wasabi mayo, and crispy rice, followed by cassoulet with pork loin,
duck confit and house sausage. There was a cheese course with three slivers
of artisanal cheeses (Quebec for the most part?) and nuts and dried fruit,
and for dessert there was a light cheesecake or a pot de crème. There seemed
to be no point to dessert since there were no wines, no marc or cremant. But
it was enjoyable. Call me a cheap date, but the wines I enjoyed most with
the food were the Bouchard Beaune ($36.90) and the Vitallis Pouilly-Fuisse
($27.95). Also appreciated with the food were the Nuits-Saint-Georges
($53.75) and the Chassagne-Montrachet ($55.75).
The Downside: unlike other regional presentations from Sopexa, there were no
regional wines on sale from the SAQ in Quebec, which was a shame.
The Upside: a chance to match definite food wines with food.
The Contact Person: and
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.


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