Monday, May 7, 2007

Revue du Vin de France trade show

Monday, April 30

On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, from 10 am to 7 pm, the 1st trade show event organized by the Revue du Vin de France took place in Paris, in the Palais Brogniard (La Bourse !) : a very spacious place, with plenty of light and very well attended (I wouldn’t be surprised if I was told that 2500 people per day were there).

The 150 exhibitors seemed happy (only Vega Sicilia and Pingus were missing!). In any case, I was presenting the wines from Clément Fayat and Valandraud, and Jean Guyon his. We met plenty of people: wine enthusiasts young and old, sommeliers, store owners, distributors and journalists. Amongst all these people, I met Jean Michel Deiss during a live broadcast on Europe 1. His passion for Biodymanic didn’t leave me indifferent. Back in the trade show, we tasted each others wines and I found his good, digest, quite complex and with obvious purity, even for a neophyte about Alsace like me.

For dinner, we had a enjoyable meal with the Droulers (Haut-Carles) in the restaurant Tan Dinh and drank Pierrail 2002, Haut Carles, and Tertre Rotebeuf.
The next day, in Villaret, we drank a Meursault 1999 which I forgot the name (average), a Hermitage 2002 from Chave completely closed and a beauty Guigal “La Turque” 99. Well, I just checked: 100 point from Parker… well deserved.

Paris-Libourne in the TGV, the journey lasts 3 hours 10. We took the Paris metro, the fastest way to travel through the city, but still had to run with our luggage to catch our train. Our neighbor, a doctor from Bergerac, must have found us a bit hyper!

The 2 days in Paris went to fast ! We didn’t even have time to speak with Erik Kaellgren and other wine fans, nor had we time to read books available in the apartment our friends lent us.

2 nice articles on this RVF show were published on the internet: One on the site of Les Echos “Au plaisir des découvertes” and one on the site of JDD “A new race of winemakers”.

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