By DEAN TUDOR
The Time and Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 1PM to 5PM
The Event: Terroirs et Signatures de Bourgogne 2009, a trade show promoting the wine of Burgundy, sponsored by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB).
The Venue: St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre, 150 King St. West, TORONTO, (416) 366-4228.
The Target Audience: wine media, agents, sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: in various distribution channels (Vintages, private orders, consignment, etc.). The show catalogue was also meant for the Montreal and Vancouver shows. Some producers were in Toronto only, others were in Montreal only. Most were at all shows. There were 31 producers, showing an average of six wines each. Most had agents, but many principals were also in attendance.The Quote/Background: some producers were seeking agents, some wines were not shipped, other wines were different than specified in the catalogue. There was a basic seminar in Burgundy wines, but I needed the full four hours to browse the fair.
The Wines: some wines are available in different vintages as they sell through. As one wine agent put it, “The three wines numbered 2, 4, and 9 are not currently available in Ontario. The rest are either in shops (2005 vintage) or in transit (2006). The six underlined wines are being presented for tasting this afternoon. Look for the CSPC number.” Of course, I was not able to taste all the wines.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
— Domaine d’Ardhuy — Puligny Montratchet 1er Cru Sous le Puits 2005 — $75.
— Defaix — Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2007 — $79.50 Lamprecht
— Joseph Drouhin — Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches 2005 Blanc — $90 Family Wine Merchants
— Louis Jadot — Beaune 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Gagey 2006 — Lifford
— Louis Jadot — Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru Domaine Héritiers 2004 Blanc — Lifford
— Vincent Prunier — Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Clos du Val Rouge 2006 — $59.85 Le Sommelier
— Antonin Rodet — Puligny Montrachet 2006 — $39.95 Diamond
— Taupenot-Merme — Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2006 — $99 Tastevin Selections
— Taupenot-Merme — Mazoyères Chambertin 2006 — $160 Tastevin Selections
— Château de Meursault — Meursault 1er Cru 2005
— Bernard Delagrange & Fils — Pommard 1er Cru Les Bertins 2006
— Domaine Parent — Beaune 1er Cru Les Epenottes 2002 — Tastevin Selections