Wine event organized by the French Embassy
On March 3rd, the French Embassy organized at Hotel Novotel, in Bucharest, a wine event inviting different producers from France to introduce their wines to the Romanian market. The event was structured in two parts: the morning was reserved for importers and distributors and the afternoon for press and people in HORECA. There were about 9-10 different booths, hosting the wines of each participant.
There were wines from Alsace, Bordeaux, Cotes du Roussillon and Cotes du Roussillon villages, Cote du Rhone, Bourgogne and Val de Loire, ranging from 1.5 EUR to a maximum of 17 EUR(ex-cellar). There were about 40-50 different wines and I managed to taste pretty much all of them. The quality was rather average and the best wines being the wines of Domaine Boudau from Languedoc-Roussillon.
I liked particularly two of their wines: a Syrah-Grenache Noir blend (Cuvée Henri Boudau 2009) and a Mourvedre based cuvee (Cuvée Padri 2008) both aged for 12 months in French oak. The prices for their wines vary between 2-3 EUR to a maximum of 10 EUR for the wines brought at this fair. The lady mentioned they also have an old vines Grenache Noir cuvee that they sell for 14 EUR that unfortunately she did not bring. All prices are ex-cellar – do not include VAT and shipping cost.
It was a good initiative for the French Embassy to organize such an event and hopefully they will make it a habit and invite more producers with better overall quality in the future.
Here is the list with all the French participants:
http://www.domaine-ericblanchard-49.com (DOMAINE ERIC BLANCHARD)
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