It’s early Monday morning and I’m looking forward to 2.5 days of tasting at the Salon here in Angers. I arrived at lunchtime on Saturday after a trouble-free flight and rail journey from Edinburgh via Paris, wolfed down a quick entrecôte in the Café Au Bureau in Angers town centre, and then hit the annual Renaissance tasting.
As for Sunday, more time at the Renaissance tasting, then a dash over to see Philippe Germain at Chateau de la Roulerie, then Victor Lebreton at Montgilet, before dinner last night courtesy of Sopexa.
It’s already been a fascinating event, with plenty of good wines coming my way, and lots of new experiences for Winedoctor from the Renaissance tasting, including new profiles for the likes of Franz Saumon, Agnes Mosse, Eddy Oosterlinck of Domaine de la Juchepie and no doubt many more. Perhaps the most striking sight though was Angers’ chateau, spotted as I walked down to the tasting. Covered in white tarpaulin for repairs following last year’s fire; it now rises ghost-like above the town, seeming especially haunting against the white-grey sky I thought.
Winedoctor updates will continue throughout the week, starting with today’s Wine of the Week, the Krug Grande Cuvée, their non-vintage ‘entry-level’ wine, continuing tomorrow with the publication of half a dozen tasting notes on wines from the Bibendum sale, which starts today. In addition I’ll continue to make a few ongoing comments on the blog here about the Salon as it happens, prior to a full report on Winedoctor later in the week. The talking-point of the 2010 Salon may well be the 2009 vintage – so far there have been a number of signs that this could be a very fine vintage, in particular for dry whites and reds from around Anjou and Touraine in particular, but I would obviously like to taste more first.