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WineTasters May 2024 Event

Clos Pegase 2001-2014

Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Registration for this top-end Napa producer is insufficient for us to host the event at the St Paul’s venue. Therefore, we decided to change the venue and format of the event. Attendance will be limited to 20 participants in a sit-down setting. You will have some light food served with the featured wines. Following the tasting, a buffet-style dinner will be available and you will enjoy a dinner-sized pour of another wine from the cellar.

We are moving the venue to the Fine Wine Reserve, on King St. West at Spadina Ave. (439 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4). The same time so 6:00 to 6:30.

We are currently full but may have some cancellations.

If you would like to be added to our waitlist please send us an email to services@winetasters.ca.

Thanks for your continuing support and we look forward to seeing you soon.


 

 

 

 

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 6:30 PM.

Blind tasting of eight wines of Clos Pegase.

Taste the unapparelled opulence and exuberance of Napa Valley’s grape – Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • 2001 Clos Pegase Hommage
  • 2002 Clos Pegase Hommage
  • 2003 Clos Pegase Hommage
  • 2004 Clos Pegase Hommage
  • 2005 Clos Pegase Hommage Palisades Vineyard
  • 2006 Clos Pegase Hommage Tenma Vineyard
  • 2014 Clos Pegase
  • 2014 Clos Pegase Hommage

Take advantage of this delicious tasting! Limited to only 40 seats.

Location: St. Paul’s Church, 227 Bloor Street East, Toronto
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Registration: 6:00 PM
Tasting: 6:30 PM
Cost: Members of Toronto Winetasters or Toronto Vintners Club $155; Non-Members $190. HST Included. The first guest of Toronto Winetasters Member $155. HST Included.
Ticket sales/registrations are final. However, if the event is completely sold out and we can sell the ticket to someone on the waiting list, we will issue a refund.

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About Clos Pegase

Founded by Jan Shrem, Clos Pegase produces high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines in a distinctive terroir-focused manner. The estate is world renowned for its wine & art. The majority of the winery’s plots are nestled in the foothills of Mount St Helena, just outside of Calistoga. Across four parcels, the 450-acre estate (410 acres in the Napa Valley, with some in distinct microclimates). It contains rugged land with some soils possessing an alluvial fan spilling out from the Palisades Mountains. All plots grow world-class grapes, with each block having the best clone to match the soil type. Clos Pegase has farmed these sites for four decades with a true sense of place.

Marquee Wines at the Event

The Hommage Cabernet Sauvignon is the Flagship wine of Clos Pegase according to Wine Maker- Robin Akhurst. You will tantalize your palate as you experience several of the years ranging from 2001-20014!

The Hommage wines can be described as bursting with flavour, “Dark red in the glass. Some tasting notes include exuding with ripe blackberry, black cherries, earthy tobacco, and notes of cassis. On the palate, the black fruits linger and mix with dried herbs and toasted oak surrounded by strong, persistent tannins and notes of dark chocolate.” For additional detail see your Tasting Sheet providing evening of.

The price at the winery is USD$80 for the 2021 vintage. Tonight we showcase much older vintages with incredible value- not to be missed!

The 2006 Tenma Vineyard the winery describes as “This single block wine opens with warm aromas of licorice, blackberry jam, spiced leather, and juicy dark fruits. Smooth across the palate, this wine shows mouthwatering acidity. Its fruit flavours lean more dark than red, and lingering flavours of chocolate-covered cherry, tart currant, and luscious tannins are very well balanced.”

The price at the winery is USD$120 for the 2021 vintage.

Jancis Robinson Description of this Line Up

Vintage notes from Jancis Robinson (British Wine Critic and Journalist) describe some of the years in your lineup as:

  • 2001 most ripening evenly, expect some of the longest-lived of the decade in Napa Valley
  • Another great year. 2003 had a reduced crop leaving full-fruit-flavours
  • 2004 was a cool spring and hot summer with an early harvest and well-developed sugars.
  • 2005 red wines have aged well with a long hang time.
  • The 2014 drought made itself felt in Napa. Still, there was plenty of ripeness and flavours, and there was much positivity across the region for this year, as well as its quality potential from the smaller berries with concentrated flavours.

Food Pairing:

Serve a bottle of Clos Pegase to your guests with a prime rib or lamb in a sauce with reduction, and soon they will feel like family. They will bask in your hosting delights of a memorable experience, including exceptional conversation, food, and wine. This combination creates memories for life!

Location: St. Paul’s Church, 227 Bloor Street East, Toronto, M4W 1C8
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Registration: 6:00 PM
Tasting: 6:30 PM
Cost: Members of Toronto Winetasters $125; Non-Members $160. HST Included.The first guest of Toronto Winetasters Member $125. HST Included.
Capacity: 40 seats

Ticket sales/registrations are final. However, if the event is completely sold out and we can sell the ticket to someone on the waiting list, we will issue a refund.

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Dunn Exclusive March 2024 Event

Dunn Vineyards – Howell Mountain
& Napa Valley 2002-2005
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

 

EXCLUSIVE EVENT

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 6:30 PM.

This is a Winetasters premium event. Maximum 60 people only!

Registration will be open to Winetasters members only ($150 incl. HST) and guests of members ($200 incl. HST) until midnight Friday, March 8.

After this, it will be open to others at the guest rate.

Location: St. Paul’s Church, 227 Bloor Street East, Toronto
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Registration: 6:00 PM
Tasting: 6:30 PM
Cost: Members of Toronto Winetasters or Toronto Vintners Club $150; Non-Members $200. HST Included.

This premium event is exclusively available to Winetasters members and their guests until March 8th, after which it will be open to the public at the guest rate.

We can accommodate a maximum of 60 people and expect the event to sell out quickly. If you would like to attend, we recommend that you register for the event before attendance is open to non-members.

Take advantage of the opportunity to savour these exceptional wines in the company of fellow enthusiasts.

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Dunn Vineyards’ Howell Mountain and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the early 2000s

We are delighted to extend a special invitation to you for an extraordinary wine-tasting event featuring the renowned Dunn Vineyards’ Howell Mountain and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the early 2000s.

As aficionados are well aware, Dunn Vineyards holds a prestigious position in the top tier of Napa Cabs, with their highly sought-after wines consistently delivering an unparalleled tasting experience.

About Dunn Vineyards:

Located east of St. Helena in the picturesque town of Angwin on Howell Mountain, Dunn Vineyards has a rich history dating back to 1972 when Randy and Lori purchased the original 14-acre vineyard property. Over the years, the estate has expanded, and today, Dunn Vineyards and the Dunns own over 200 acres, with 30 acres under vine. Notably, 63 acres are dedicated to the Napa Valley Land Trust, ensuring the perpetuity of a forested landscape.

Established in 1979, the winery saw its first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in 1981. The inaugural release 1981 featured 660 cases of 100% Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982.

Wine Offerings:

Dunn Vineyards produces two exceptional labels — Howell Mountain and Napa Valley. Both wines are crafted entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, with production intentionally limited. Approximately 2500 Howell Mountain and 1500 cases of Napa Valley are produced annually. The Howell Mountain wines showcase 100% Howell Mountain fruit. In comparison, the Napa Valley wines incorporate up to 15% Napa Valley floor fruit, contributing to a more approachable palate that still allows for extended aging.

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2023 Holiday Party


Tuesday 12th – St Pauls’s, Bloor Street

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been naughty or nice as Santa will soon bring you the annual Winetasters’ Holiday Party. Last year our members were a thirsty lot. Santa learned his lesson and his sack will include extra wine and food this year. 

The cellar elves have been busy and already pulled over 100 bottles to bring to the event. There will be lots of Bordeaux and Burgundy as well as some special bottles from around the globe. We’ll provide further details in a future communication. For now, you’ll find some featured wines listed below. We need to also highlight that this year’s featured wine is a 1912 D’Oliveiras Verdelho Vintage Madeira. Tickets for this wine are $50 for a pour, which is at least 50% less than the wine’s fair value. There will be less than 40 pours available so register early if you want to make sure that you will get to taste this 111-year-old gem.

This walk-around event is once again in the Great Hall at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street East.   The Great Hall was the original church on the site, built in the 1840s.  It’s a lovely example of Gothic architecture that is also conveniently located a short walk from Bloor Station and close to ample parking. 

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How The Event Works

It’s a walk-around party, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialize.  The wines are set out at five serving tables. Each will have a selection of wines at the start of the evening, both red and white. When you arrive you will be given a packet including a list of the initial set of wines and where to find them. Serving tables will be replenished throughout the evening. The new wines will be identified at the various stations as the wines appear, so look out for the “pink” signs, or just listen for the buzz in the room. Eighty percent of the wines are single-bottle lots only. After 20 or so pours they are gone.

Your packet includes an initial allocation of 70 tickets to buy tasting samples (~1 OZ each) at the serving tables. Pricing of the pour starts at 2 tickets.  If you find yourself in need of additional tickets they can be purchased at the desk at the event for $1 each (cash or credit).

The Wines

We’ll be posting more info closer to the event, but you’ll have a chance to sample some rare finds, such as:

France
Vintage Wine
1978 Chateau Leoville Barton, Saint-Julien, France
1985 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Rhone, France
1985 Domaine Pothier-Rieusset Les Rugiens, Pommard Premier Cru, France
1987 Maison Jaffelin Les Champimonts, Beaune Premier Cru, France
1987 Maison Jaffelin Pommard, Cote de Beaune, France
1988 Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, France
1990 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville, Pauillac, France
1990 Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France
1994 Chateau Magdelaine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France
1995 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Rhone, France
1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, France
1999 Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Cadettes, Rhone, France
2000 Joseph Drouhin Les Baudes, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, France
2000 Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
2000 Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Les Charmes, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, France
2002 Domaine Bourillon Dorléans Vouvray Moëlleux Château Chevrier, Loire, France
2002 Chateau de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Syrah Reserve, France
2003 Domaine Bourillon Dorleans Vouvray La Bourdonnerie Demi Sec, Loire, France
2004 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Rhone, France
2004 Henri Boillot Les Baudines, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, France
2004 Domaine Louis Moreau Valmur, Chablis Grand Cru, France
2004 PulignyJean Boillot & Fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère la Mouchere, Burgundy, France
2005 Chanson Pere & Fils Blagny, Meursault Premier Cru, France
2007 Remoissenet Pere & Fils Morgeot, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, France
2009 Henri Boillot Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, France
2009 Henri Boillot Meursault, , Cote de Beaune, France
2009 Chanson Pere & Fils Perrieres, Meursault Premier Cru, France
Other Old World
Vintage Wine
1994 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, Portugal
1995 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany
1995 Michele Chiarlo Cerequio, Barolo DOCG, Italy
1998 Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau, Germany
1999 Balthasar Ress Hochheimer Domdechaney Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau, Germany
2000 Marchesi Frescobaldi Castello di Nipozzano ‘Mormoreto’ Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy
2001 Rioja Gran Bodegas Muga ‘Prado Enea’ Gran Reserva, Prado Enea – Muga
2007 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, Portugal
2009 Gran Vino Pazo Barrantes Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain
2010 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado, Rioja DOCa, Spain
New World
1986 Brown Brothers Koombahla Cabernet Sauvignon, King Valley, Australia
1993 Penfolds Grange Bin 95, Australia
1996 Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
1997 Charles Melton Nine Popes Shiraz – Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia
2000 Beringer Vineyards Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, USA
2000 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
2000 Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
2001 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
2002 Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz, Coonawarra, Australia
2005 Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina
2006 Ventisquero Syrah Pangea Syrah, Colchagua Valley, Chile
2010 Mount Pleasant Single Vineyard Lovedale Semillon, Hunter Valley, Australia
2011 Catena Zapata ‘Catena Alta’ Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina
2011 Henry of Pelham Select Late Harvest Vidal, Ontario, Canada
2012 Southbrook Vineyards Poetica Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Feature Wine – 1912 D’Oliveiras Verdelho Vintage Madeira

Toronto Winetasters is known for its Feature Wine at the Holiday party: a very old Port or Madeira.  This year we’ve dug deep into the cellar and are excited to pour a rare Verdelho Madeira.   This is a fantastic opportunity – it’s not every day you can taste a 111 year-old wine! Madeira is famed for its longevity and this will be a real treat.  For context: 1912 is remembered as the year when the Republic of China is established, Arizona becomes the 48th state, the Titanic sinks, and Woodrow Wilson is elected president. You will be tasting history!

This rare and valuable wine is in limited to less than 40 pours.

Admin

Register here.  You will receive a confirmation email.
Cancellations accepted up to December 1, 2022 – Cindy Taylor (416.458.3147). No reservations by phone, please.

As always with tastings, please ask your guests not to wear aftershave, cologne or perfume. We do get first-timers at our event who may not be familiar with our etiquette. A scent-free environment ensures we all get to fully experience this exceptional assembly of wines.

And, of course, do not drink and drive.  The subway is very nearby.

The 411:
Location:     St. Paul’s Church 227 Bloor St E
Date:           Tuesday, December 12
Registration: 6:00 PM
Tasting:     6:30 PM
Fees:                Members of Toronto Winetasters or Toronto Vintners $150;  Non-Members $200.  HST Included
1912 Madeira   $50

 

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Château Ormes de Pez

At your Wednesday, October 25th Winetasters event, you will taste a vertical of red Bordeaux wine from the renowned Saint-Estèphe estate, Château Ormes de Pez. The Château’s history dates back to the 18th century and is closely tied to the rich winemaking traditions of Bordeaux.

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Here are the things that you need to know about this tasting:

House style: Château Ormes de Pez is known for producing robust and structured wines that reflect the terroir of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. The estate is situated on the edge of the hamlet of Pez in the northern part of the Saint-Estèphe commune. Ormes de Pez is owned by the Cazes family, which also owns Château Lynch-Bages.

Wines featured: The vertical includes wine from the 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, and 2004 vintages.

Great expectations: Robert Parker’s vintage guide for Saint-Estèphe considers the 1988, 1994, and 2004 vintages to be Above Average to Excellent. The guide rates the 1989 and 1995 vintages to be Outstanding and considers the 1990, 1996, and 2000 vintages to be Extraordinary. We expect all of the wines will charm you and have great expectations for the extraordinary vintages of 1990, 1996, and 2000.

Where and when: St. Paul’s Church 227 Bloor St E. M4W 1C8. This venue is located between Church St. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. on the south side of Bloor. Registration starts at 6:30 PM and the tasting will start at 6:45 PM. This event will have a maximum attendance of 66.

Your guest speaker: Local Bordeaux expert and enthusiast, Derek Kranenborg, will be your guest speaker. Derek is a Wine Educator and the Founder/Principal of All The Right Grapes, a wine agency based on his love of Sherry, Rioja, and Bordeaux. Derek holds the WSET Diploma. Other credentials include ‘Official Sherry Educator” (Consejo Regulator DO Sherry), Spanish Wine Educator, a French Wine Scholar, and holds the Bordeaux Master Certificate.

Value proposition: Château Ormes de Pez is a wine routinely available at the LCBO. Further, it costs about $60 a bottle, making it a rare example of a quality Bordeaux wine at a reasonable price. This tasting will interest anyone who enjoys mature Bordeaux wines and will particularly interest collectors of mid-priced Bordeaux. Perhaps you are considering adding this château to your cellar or perhaps you have some in your cellar and would like to check on how your wines will evolve with time.

Your evening will begin with an excellent reception wine: Château Latour-Martillac Blanc 2019, a white Bordeaux from a Cru Classé estate in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The classic Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc (54%) and Semillon (46%) is a wonderful way to lay the foundation for tasting the 8 mature feature wines. A mystery wine will also be served. Your evening will also include a selection of hors d’oeuvres.

Member price $109, including HST.

The guest price is $150, including HST.

A Toronto restaurant would charge at least $175 for the wine alone.

Fees must be paid in advance and we are only able to provide refunds if the event has a waiting list.

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Fine wine and fine friends

Your Winetasters Board

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Wednesday, April 26 – Ch Beauregard – Pouilly-Fuissė 2006 & 2007

Macon wines are generally considered to be more affordable than other Burgundy wines, making them a popular choice for wine enthusiasts who are looking for high-quality wines without breaking the bank.  Our April tasting will focus on one of the top producers in Macon, Maison Joseph Burrier – Château de Beauregard, with six wines from the 2006 vintage and one in 2007.  Carefully aged in our cellar, they are fully mature and ready for you to explore and enjoy.  A reception wine will also be served and canapes will accompany the tastings. Maximum attendance is 66.

More information about the event will follow shortly, but here is a list of the wines to be poured:

  • Pouilly-Fuissė, Vignes Blanches – Ch de Beauregard, 2006
  • Pouilly-Fuissė, les Châtaignieres – Ch de Beauregard, 2006
  • Pouilly-Fuissė, Les Insarts – Ch de Beauregard, 2006
  • Pouilly-Fuissė, La Maréchaude – Ch de Beauregard, 2006
  • Pouilly-Fuissė, Vers Cras – Ch de Beauregard, 2006
  • Pouilly-Fuissė, Vers Pouilly – Ch de Beauregard, 2006
  • Pouilly-Fuissé, La Maréchaude – Château de Beauregard, 2007

Date, Location & Price & Sign Up

Date:          Wed April 26
Time:          6:30 pm – Registration & Reception,   6:45 – Event start
Cost:           $100 members;   $140 non-members,  HST Included
Location:    St. Paul’s Church 227 Bloor St E (between Church St. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. on the south side)

Sign-up: here

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Bordeaux 1995 – Ultra Premium Tasting

 

Your Winetasters board is excited to announce the club’s first Ultra Premium event. Through these events, we want to reward members for their ongoing support of the club. Ultra Premium events will feature highly sought-after wines and the member price will be at a rate that is significantly below the fair market value and replacement cost of the wines. We plan to hold these events annually.

For the kickoff event, we will be pouring the last of the 1995 Bordeaux red wines from the cellar.  We’ll let the list of wines speak for itself:

Chateau Chasse-Spleen 1995 Moulis
Chateau Kirwan 1995 Margaux
Chateau La Fleur-Pétrus 1995 Pomerol
Chateau Lagrange (St Julien) 1995 St Julien
Château Cos d’Estournel 1995 St Estephe
Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases 1995 St Julien
Château Cheval Blanc 1995 St Emilion
Château Haut Brion 1995 Pessac-Leognan

 

That’s correct, the lineup includes two first-growth wines.

Some information on the 1995 vintage appears below.

We are back for this event at the beautiful and convenient Great Hall at St. Paul’s Bloor Street. The evening will begin with a short reception where you can catch up with friends. Canapes and a reception wine will be served.  Reception starts at 6:30 pm and the event starts at 6:45 pm.

Registration initially is open to members only. In the unlikely event that the evening does not sell out, registration will be opened to non-members at a significantly higher price.

 

About Bordeaux’s 1995 vintage:

A hot, dry summer resulted in early harvest of healthy Merlot grapes. Relatively tannic Cabernet Sauvignon was picked after a week of mid-September rain. Generous crop levels, are best in Pomerol and Pauillac.   This gave Right Bank a slight edge over the Left Bank.  Merlot and Cabernet Franc-based wines are quite harmonious and full-bodied, with good grip and tannic bite, but also plenty of ripe fruit.  For Cabernet Sauvignon the long Indian summer allowed grapes to ripen well and their thick skins accounted for the vintage’s tannic character.

The vintage was very highly touted at the time, by the press and also by the growers who took the opportunity for some steep price increases.  Almost thirty years on the wines are fully mature and this tasting will give you the opportunity to see how the wines have evolved.  The tasting covers 8 communes (six left, two right) with Haut Brion and Cheval Blanc leading the charge.

As a teaser, Jancis Robinson wrote this about Haut-Brion 1995 “Just lovely wine, …. Excellent lustrous, nuanced ruby.. Clearly a very fine mature wine. Strong liquorice notes (Haut-Brion ‘warm bricks’ earthiness?) For a second I wondered if it was a 1998 Hermitage.  Very complex. Spread across the palate… 18.5   drink to 2030.” 

The full list of wines is here

This is the first of our Ultra Premium events to benefit our members.  Sign-up will be for members only (with up to one guest at member rate), opening to non-members only after ten days if there are seats left.  Members will also get a break on pricing from the full market price.

Date, Location & Price & Sign Up

Date:          Wed Mar 22
Time:          6:30 pm – Registration & Reception,   6:45 – Event start
Cost:           $160 members;   $260 non-members,  HST Included
Location:    St. Paul’s Church 227 Bloor St E
Sign-up: here

Please do not drink and drive, there is transit nearby.

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Pontet-Canet Vertical 1982-2008

Mark the date – Wednesday Sept 28th.  We are starting our 2022 / 2023 season with a terrific Red Bordeaux tasting –
a Pontet-Canet vertical 1982 – 2008  (vintages 1982, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008)
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As befits the opening event of the 2022/2023 season, we will begin with a short reception to give you a chance to catch up and get reacquainted with fellow members after the summer.   We will pour Black Hills Sparkling Brut (Black Sage Bench, Okanagan).   This is a new sparkling wine, made in the traditional method, from a stellar producer – more detail on it later on.

Then comes the tasting proper.  Pontet-Canet has a long history, founded in the late 18th century, but has achieved considerable acclaim starting in the mid-90s.  Pontet-Canet’s history falls into five phases:

  • original estate founded by Jean-François de Pontet late 18th century
  • purchase by Cruse the year after 1855 classification as 5th growth
  • purchase by Tesseron Cognac family in 1975, replanting commenced
  • 1994 Alfred Tesseron takes over running of the estate from Guy; the ‘modern era’
  • 1999 Michel Rolland brought in as a consultant

Pre 1994 the wines were respected, if unexciting – a good everyday claret – and good value (for example it could be had in the 70s in a London bottling by Justerini & Brooks and affordable on a student budget!).  In 1994 Alfred Tesseron launched a reinvigoration of the estate leading eventually to its current near-cult status.  He has a very strong farmer’s focus on the vineyard and Pontet-Canet was an early adopter of Organic practices, including using horses in the vineyard!  They began converting to Biodynamic in 2005, achieving certification in 2010.

The reason for the history lesson is that our tasting spans the last three of those five phases.  We have the 1982, made under Guy Tesseron’s stewardship; then 1994 & 1996 under Alfred Tesseron, and then four vintages (2000, 2001, 2007, 2008) with Michel Rolland also consulting.  Which will you prefer?

For an interesting review of the changes at Pontet-Canet, take a look at this article:
Pontet Canet reassessed
by James Lawther MW which was published on the award-winning JancisRobinson.com on 8 October 2021.
(You need to be a member of Purple Pages; but we are making available at the bottom of this page, with permission, a pdf of the article to our members).

Pontet-Canet traditionally was not for early drinking (15 or 20 + years to reach maturity), but like much of the rest of Bordeaux, more recent vintages mature rather quicker.   These wines are all ready to drink or indeed fully mature.

A couple of tasting notes will give an idea of what’s in store:

Pontet-Canet 1996 – “… it has aged beautifully.  Cedar scorched earth and mint blossomed on a nose that is firmly into its secondary phase, yet laden with more fruit than expected considering both its age and the austere style of Left Bank 1996s. The palate might be nearing the end of its drinking plateau, so don’t hold back if you own a few bottles. But I admired its balance and density, its structure and classicism, and the typical Pauillac traits of cedar and a touch of mint toward the finish. I savored it down to the last drop.” 93 pts, 2020-2032.
Neal Martin, Vinous 2020.

Pontet-Canet 2008 – “A meeting by chance with the 2008 Pontet-Canet prior to a small tasting of South African wines reminded me what a lovely wine this is. There is plenty of black fruit on the nose laced with graphite. The cedar component is less prominent than the previous bottled tasting. The palate is medium-bodied, a little drier and more austere than recent vintages, yet clearly well balanced with a surfeit of freshness on the slightly herbaceous finish. Drinking perfectly now, this will give another two decades of drinking pleasure. Tasted at a merchant in London.”  92 pts, 2019 – 2039.  Neal Martin, Vinous, 2019.

The Line-up:
Ponte-Canet 1982, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008
Les Hauts de Pontet 2005

And of course we should not forget the reception sparkling wine.  Here are the producer notes on it:

Black Hills Sparking Brut NV – based on 2018 vintage… 59% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir,   with traditional fermentation in bottle on its lees for 40 months…  small dosage… Citrus appears again on the palate, with the lemon zest flavours very much in sync with the crisp acidity of the wine. The finish is dry and fresh. The laborious classical method delivers a fine and persistent mousse. Drink now, or cellar for 5-7 years. “
This sounds so delicious we will be giving a 3 oz pour!

Details, details, details ….

First though a reminder about subscription renewal.  Yes, its that time of the year!
If you haven’t joined or renewed yet, please click here for the membership renewals information page.
or click here to go direct to the membership form.

Pro tip:  If you aren’t a member yet, you can join now and be able to sign up for this event at the member rate.

The Location

The tasting will take place in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall (under the Library):
5110 Yonge St, at Shepherd
North York Centre Subway

The subway accesses the building directly.  Please do not drink and drive.

This is a large and well-ventilated room.  We will be reviewing the table layout and seating to ensure suitable spacing.  As usual we ask that if you are unwell with symptoms you consider not attending.  Full refunds are of course given in such cases.

Calendar, Pricing & Sign up Details

Date:   Wed Sept 28
Time:   6:45 pm
Cost:    $120 members;   $170 non-members
Max attendance: 88

Sign-up: here

 

PS: With permission from Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages site we have attached a recent PDF article by James Lawther MW, “Pontet-Canet reassessed

 

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June – In The Pink – Details & Sign-Up

Our June tasting is a look at the serious side of Rosé. Savvy wine people know there is more to Rosé than popular patio pleasers. We have top Provençal wines like Ch Cibonne Cuvée Marius, however, our selection is international with wines like the very rare Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rosado – and of course pink champagne.

To augment this serious aspect we will be pairing canapés with the wines to show their food worthiness.  The tasting will be rounded off with the unique 2011 Pear Morissette Hecate, a fortified  Cabernet Franc dessert wine.

Wait, there’s more … this event will take place in the Berkeley Theatre.  No, you won’t have to audition! A special tasting deserves a special venue – the building is a stunning example of industrial Victorian architecture, and we will have access to several interior spaces as well as its courtyard.

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May 25th 2022 Spring BYOW Event 6:30 – 8:30


Time to celebrate – Spring Is Sprung (well, just about).  And now for something completely different… Winetasters’ is having its first-ever Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW) event – a chance to share one of your special bottles with your fellow members and guests. This will be a walk-around tasting, a simplified version of our Holiday parties.

One of our Directors, Kim Berdusco, has very kindly offered to host this at her Lawrence Park home which she has just sold and the place will be empty. It has a fabulous outdoor area (including a gazebo and a pool – purely decorative for this event!) and there is a large indoor space so if it rains we can move inside.

Attendance will be restricted for COVID comfort come rain or shine.

One standard bottle covers admission for both you and a fellow member/guest. We are asking you to let us know what you will be bringing so that we can organise a list for participants and also set up a few ‘themed’ tables. We ask that you bring bottles ready to pour, having done any double decant that you think appropriate (we will be able to keep wine chilled where necessary). This is fun event, as opposed to a formal tasting so bubbles, rose etc are equally as welcome as 30 year old claret.  And as we all know, interesting and delightful wines come form many regions – the grand and the less grand.

BYOW participants will pay only for the rentals and canapes that will be served at $20 per person (HST included).

Confirmation email will have more details, including the address.  Please do not drink and drive, either have a DD or Uber.

 

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Henri Boillot – 2009 White Burgundy – Wed Apr 27

Summary

Finally! We are back with a live, in-person, tasting! “The Return to NYMH” is not a long-lost CS Lewis novel, but the resumption of our regular tastings at our familiar venue in the Burgundy Room at North York Memorial Hall.  And, we are coming back with a top Burgundy producer – Henri Boillot – and a great vintage – 2009. Our April event is a tasting of Henri Boillot 2009 Meursaults and Chassagne-Montrachets premiers crus.   To celebrate our return to almost-normal, we will kick the event off with a reception and a glass of Champagne Tarlant Brut Reserve.  This will give you a chance to catch up with old friends (or young friends, as the case may be!) before the tasting proper. 

We are delighted to welcome Thomas Bachelder back to lead us through this tasting.  The Monk-Cartographer of Niagara is well known for his outstanding Ontario Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, and laser-like focus on terroir.  His journey of wine, however, really began in Burgundy with work experience at several domaines, and it was an epiphany in a Chassagne-Montrachet cellar that would make him a lifetime disciple of the noble Chardonnay grape.  Add in his enthusiasm for all things wine, and it will be a terrific evening.   If you’re convinced already, you can sign up here, or read on for more information.

Henri Boillot

The Boillot family has been making wine in Burgundy since the early 1900s.  There are four Domaines run by various branches of the family.  Henri is the third generation to produce wines from the Domaine Henri Boillot, which features many of the top sites in Burgundy.  The current incarnation of the Domaine was born in 2005 when Henri bought out his siblings and renamed it to avoid confusion with Jean Marc Boillot’s ongoing wines.

The white wines are made by Henri Père.  The wines are barrel fermented and Henri plays around with a healthy amount of lees during the élevage although he does no battonage (lees stirring) during the ageing in barrel, keeping the wines complex but with plenty of tension.  Henri Boillot was an early forerunner in non-interventionist lute raisonée viticulture with strictly limited access into the vineyard to preserve soil integrity.  In the current winery (built in 2000) white wines are whole bunch pressed and aged in larger than normal new or 1 year old barrels.

Their philosophy for white Burgundy was described by Henri Biollot thus: “White Burgundy is about acidity, and pinot is about maturity…  White wines are about precision, minerality, freshness; they should be strict at the beginning. Burgundy has to refresh the mouth.

In addition to the Domaine wines, made from grapes they farm directly on land that they lease, they also have a highly regarded négoce business, Maison Henri Boillot.  The Maison wines are made in the same winery and in a similar manner to the Domaine wines.

2009 Vintage for White Burgundy

This was an excellent year. Jancis Robinson describes it “Good, healthy and high quality across the region. Warm conditions and fairly large yields have given balanced grapes, and most agree 2009 whites are at least on a par with 2005.”
Jasper Morris said “Contrary to initial expectations, many of the white Burgundy wines in 2009 are absolutely stunning. They began to show their true qualities only after the summer, when a mineral backbone appeared in support of the graceful, ripe fruit.
These wines are now fully mature and should have added complexity adding to their initial freshness.

The Wines

Our tasting will feature eight 2009 Maison Henri Boillot wines, from Meursault and from Chassagne-Montrachet; with a village and three premiers crus from each.  As such, it will contrast two somewhat different terroirs.

Meursault is typically richer and with some fat, hints of almond, hazelnut, honey and citrus.   This note by Stephen Tanzer on the 2009 Les Perrieres gives an idea of what is in store in this tasting:
Perfumed, complex aromas and flavors of pineapple, soft citrus fruit and smoky, flinty minerality. Rich, sweet and deep; really saturates the mouth and builds on the back end, coating the palate with fruit and crushed stone and leaving the taste buds vibrating. An outstanding expression of the site, especially in the context of this vintage.” (94 pts).

While Chassagne-Montrachet has some richness (compared to the more elegant Puligny-Montrachets) but more minerality compared to Meursaults and, with age, notes of honey and ripe pear.  Tanzer’s note on 2009 Les Chaumées:
Good pale yellow. Peach, lime and nut oil on the nose. Brisk and juicy in the mouth, with noteworthy purity and energy to the intense flavors of ripe peach and flowers. This really saturates the palate and vibrates on the finish.” (91 pts)

The full list of wines is:
2009 Chassagne-Montrachet – Maison Henri Boillot
2009 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Les Chaumées – Maison Henri Boillot
2009 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Les Chenevottes – Maison Henri Boillot
2009 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Les Embrazées – Maison Henri Boillot
2009 Meursault – Maison Henri Boillot
2009 Meursault 1er cru Les Cras – Maison Henri Boillot
2009 Meursault 1er cru Les Perrières – Maison Henri Boillot
2009 Meursault 1er cru Les Poruzots – Maison Henri Boillot

& of course a Mystery Wine to test your detective skills!

Thomas Bachelder

We are delighted to welcome Thomas Bachelder back to lead us through this tasting.  The Monk-Cartographer of Niagara is well known for his outstanding Ontario Pinot Noir & Chardonnay and laser-like focus on terroir.  His journey of wine however really began in Burgundy where he went with his wife Mary to learn about Pinot Noir get work experience at Domaine de la Créa (Beaune); Domaine Marius Delarche (Pernand-Vergelesses/Aloxe-Corton); Ponzi Vineyards (Oregon); Château Génot-Boulanger (Meursault).  But it was an epiphany in a Chassagne-Montrachet cellar that would make him a lifetime disciple of the noble Chardonnay grape, as well. Add in that he is a great speaker and his enormous enthusiasm and it will be a terrific evening.

You can read more about him in his BIO for ICCWS 2022 here and on his website.

 

The Location

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The tasting will take place in the Burgundy Room,
North York Memorial Hall (under the Library):
5110 Yonge St, at Shepherd
North York Centre Subway

The subway accesses the building directly.  Please do not drink and drive.

This is a large and well-ventilated room.  We will be reviewing the table layout and seating to ensure suitable spacing in order to give the best COVID protection that we can to everyone.

Calendar, Pricing & Sign up Details

Date:   Wed Apr 27, 2022
Time:   6:45 pm
Cost:    $115 members ;   $165 non-members, both include HST.
Sign-up: winetasters.ca

Future Events

We plan to have a proper celebration of the resumption of live tastings with a Champagne reception.  The committee is also fine-tuning the plans for future tastings, and working on having some tastings at a downtown location.  We will update you when we have more information.

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