5,500 kilometres separate these two cities with strong cultural ties cemented by the French language. The French are always welcomed with open arms by their cousins in Quebec. In early August, I once again enjoyed, with 17 other wine producers from Bordeaux and Burgundy, a friendly time combing wine and golf organised by the Société des Alcools du Québec.
As a major distributor of wine and spirits, the S.A.Q is well-aware that wine is an excellent vector for cultural exchanges, and makes use of this to highlight its important role. Under the name of SAQ SIGNATURE, the Quebec monopoly shares their passion for wine by organising prestigious occasions at which members and guests can explore, discover, and taste rare and exclusive products.
Golf-playing members were thus invited on the 9th of August to take part in the 2nd SAQ Signature et Grands Vins competition at the Mirage golf course belonging to René Angélil and Cécile Dion. The French contingent, consisting mostly of beginners, was entitled to a short introductory before being divided into teams and pointed in the direction of the 18-hole Carolina course. Six tasting stations with 3 wines by the glass enabled players to taste everyone’s wines.
A young, vibrant, expressive and seductive wine seemed ideal for a summer outdoor activity. Served at hole no. 7, the 2008 vintage suited to a tee… Its tangy, fresh fruit and citrus overtones titillated our tastebuds in a celebration of the superb terroir of our Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc Premier Cru , Les Champs Gain.
A gala dinner was served at the Club House after the competition, enabling participants to enjoy a good meal accompanied by some of the 18 fine wines contributed by producers. This time, I counted on the complexity of the superb terroir at Les Caillerets combined with the richness of the 2006 vintage to do justice to the Domaine’s reputation.
This competition also included a donation to the Doctor Julien Foundation, which champions children’s rights in underprivileged households using social pediatrics.
This Burgundy wine fair is organized by the Viticulture Committee of the Côte d’Or with the help of the S.A.Q. It is targeted to consumers and Burgundy wine lovers of Canada.
Fifty producers and negotiants will play “ambassadors” of Burgundy wines and will be part of two distinct events:
“Le Grand Salon des Vins de Bourgogne 2009″ (it’s its Second Edition; the first one took place in 2007)
March 14, 2009: 11:00am-4:00pm: Montreal Sheraton Hotel
Each producerpresented two of its wines for tasting. As for myself, I chose:
- Chassagne-Montrachet « Les Champs Gain » 1ER Cru Blanc 2006
- Chassagne-Montrachet « Clos Saint jean » 1ER Cru Rouge 2005
“Le Grand Dîner de Bourgogne” (VIP Burgundy Dinner)
The same day in the evening, each producer sat at a designated table and spoke about his/her estate and its wines. I served two wines at my table:
- Chassagne-Montrachet « Les champs Gain » 1ER Cru Blanc 2004
- Santenay « Clos de Tavannes » 1ER Cru Rouge 2004