The Champagne Tour 2016!

Yesterday was an opportunity to taste exceptional wines selected by APVSA. Champagne was the featured wine but there were many more varietals to taste and savour.



Loire Valley


South West


Rhône Valley




Tierra De Castilla

Priorat, Cava, Conca de Barberà





Champagne Poissinet



AOC Champagne – Constance – White

88 Points Wine Enthusiast 2015

Silver Medal Concours des Vins Lyon

AOC Champagne – Séduction Rosé – Rosé 89 Points Wine Enthusiast 2015

Selection Guide Hachette 2014

AOC Champagne – Carte d’Or 2008 – 2008 – White 90 Points Wine Enthusiast 2015


Of the three Champagnes I preferred the AOC Constance White. It was fruity, not too light and had a nice fragrance. All three were very good the Constance just stood out for me.


Champagne Gonet Sulcova



AOC Champagne – Cuvée Vincent Gonet – White

AOC Champagne – Cuvée Montgueux – White 2 Stars Guide Hachette
Commended IWC
Gold Medal Vinalies Internationales 2015

AOC Champagne – Extra Brut – White Gold Medal IWC

Champagne – Cuvée Gaia – White
Silver Medal Concours des Vignerons Indépendants 2015 Silver Medal Vinalies Internationales 2015
Silver Medal IWC

This was an interesting selection of Champagnes which I very much enjoyed.



Bodegas Verum Tierra De Castilla

I.G.P. Tierra De Castilla – Verum Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer – 2014 – White

Commended Decanter 2015
90 Points Gilbert & Gaillard
Silver Medal Concours Mondial des Vins du Canada 2013

The Gewürztraminer was among my favourites that I tasted. It was flavourful, very aromatic and I did not find it acidic as is sometimes the case.



Filari Di Luna Piedmont


Barolo D.O.C.G. Riserva – Barolo Riserva Luna Nera – 2006 – Red 93/100 Grading Awarded by Andreas Larson Best Sommelier of the world 2007 and Markus Del Monego Best Sommelier of the World 1998 in the Blind Tasting on December 2014 in Bordeaux

Barbaresco D.O.G.C. – Barbaresco Luna D’Argento – 2010 – Red 90/100 Grading Awarded by Andreas Larson Best Sommelier of the World 2007 and Markus Del Monego Best Sommelier of the World 1998 in the Blind Tasting on December 2014 in Bordeaux

I am definitely a lover of Italian reds and these were two excellent wines. For me the Barolo DOCG Riserva Luna Nera 2006 was outstanding. The aromas, the body and the juicy big flavour definitely won me over. I would recommend both of these wines.



Domaine de Ferrant SCEA Vignobles Vuillien




AOC Côtes de Duras – C de Ferrant – 2012 – Red
1 Star Guide Hachette des Vins 2016
Silver Medal Concours des Vins de Mâcon 2014
Silver Medal Concours des Vignerons Indépendants 2015

This was a very good wine, full bodied and flavourful. It is hard to pick just one wine that was the best because all the wines were to my liking.



Maison Albert Languedoc-Roussillon Les Bugadelles




IGP Pays d’Oc – Les Bugadelles Réserve – 2014 – Red Organic Wine

I must admit if I had to choose just one varietal it would be granache so this red was a standout, so full of flavour without harsh tannins, smooth and rich.



Domaine de l’Amauve




AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret – Domaine de l’Amauve La Daurèle – 2014 – White

Gold Medal Concours Général Agricole de Paris

Wine lovers would be the first to agree that it is more than the wine, it is the whole experience. Séguret is one of the “most beautiful villages” and is near to my other “go to” city in the region – Vaison la Romaine. I think when you taste a wine from a region you love it is like a trip back in time, a very enjoyable trip.



Massucco Azienda



Nebiollo d’Alba 2013

Barbera d’Alba 2012

Roero 2013

All very good wine, a little young but with great promise. The Barbera D’Alba 2012 I felt was excellent, the Nebbiolo 2013 very good and the Nebbiolo D’Alba 2013 just a bit light to drink now but with potential.



Valerie van der Gracht

About Valerie van der Gracht

I am a Boomer, mom, gram, wife, foodie, wine novice, and I love to travel. Experiencing life and dividing my time between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Formerly a Vancouver Wine Festival volunteer and freelance blogger for HelloVanCity.com and VancouverIslandStyle.com now Editor and Publisher of MyVanCity.ca Connect at [email protected] Twitter @myvancity Instagram @myvancityca and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/myvancity/

One thought on “APVSA JANUARY TOUR – Champagne

  1. Sam The Wine Teacher Sam The Wine Teacher

    Great write up Valerie!

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