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Thursday, May 4, 2023



The Date and Time: Tuesday March 28 2PM - 6PM
The Event: A tasting of some 40 wines from the Loire Valley
The Venue: Second Floor Events, King Street West
The Target Audience: wine trade and wine press
The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue was available online
The Quote/Background: there were ten principals/wineries, and some were looking for representation in Ontario. Some had agents pouring, some wines were available in Quebec only, at the SAQ. Loire wines are almost a semi-rarity in Ontario. There is the popular Muscadet, the sauvignon blancs of Touraine, the chenin blancs and roses of Anjou, the occasional Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay, plus Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. We did not see many high end wines today.
The Wines: I did not taste all the wines, but there were about 40+ wines available.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Amirault Saint-Nicolas De Bourgueil Les Quarterons Rouge 2020 +28249 $36.95 French Wine Destination Store in Ottawa
-Amirault Saint-Nicolas De Bourgueil Les Gravilices 2019 +28250 $36.35 French Wine Destination Store in Ottawa
-Lacheteau Sauvignon Blanc Haut Poitou Les Cimes +10632 $17.95 2022
-Lacheteau Muscadet Chateau de Cleray 2022
-Domaine des Tilleuls Essentielle Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie 2021 SAQ 13589133 $20.50
-Château Soucherie Savennières Blanc Clos des Perrières 2020 SAQ 13591102 $47.75
-Château Soucherie Anjou Blanc Ivoire 2022 SAQ 14221576 $25
-Famille Bougrier Confidences Vouvray Sec AOP 2021 +28239 $20.45
-Bernard Fouquet Vouvray Brut Methode Traditional NV
-La Seigneurie Saumur Fines Bulles Brut Zero 2016
-Famille Bougrier Domaine Guenault 1885 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2022

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Lacheteau Cabernet Franc Montagueret
-Lecheteau Muscadet Heritage de Cleray 2022
-Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisières Vouvray Cuvée Silex Sec 2021
-Bernard Fouquet Bonnes Blanches Sec Chenin Blanc Anjou 2020
-Lionel Gosseaume Les Sauterelles Touraine Sauvignon 2022
-La Seigneurie Saumur Blanc Les Pentes 2021
-La Seigneurie Saumur Mademoiselle La Seigneurie 2022 Rose
-Domaine Des Tilleuls Sauvignon Blanc La Petite Chapelle 2022
-Domaine Des Tilleuls Chardonnay La Petite Chapelle 2022
-Chateau Soucherie Rose Pivoine 2022
-Famille Bougrier Rose d'Anjou 2022
-Famille Bougrier Vouvray Chenin Blanc Doulce 2021 +253229 $19.05
-Famille Bougrier Confidences Menetou Salon 2020 +313576 $24.10

The Food: there were mobile servers with platters of onion custard tarts and mushroom tarts. There was a cheese platter with brie, Avonlea cheddar, Balsamic onion cheddar, Fontina, and Beemster [best cheese]. Meats included chicken liver mousse, Sacy pork sausage, and Serano ham. There were excellent fresh blackberries on the plates.
The Downside: there was very little information since the catalogue was online; my request for a PDF was stalled and it never arrived (hence, the lateness of this review)
The Upside: The chance to be at a regional wine tasting.
The Contact Person: or
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 84.

Dean Tudor,  Prof Emeritus T'karonto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) School of Journalism Treasurer of Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

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