Montréal Passion Vin is a key event in the wine calendar, bringing together some of the world’s biggest collectors in Quebec for two unique days at the end of October. The event includes conferences, anthology tastings, and auctions, and is the occasion to get together around some legendary wines while raising money to fight cancer.
The event has been held for the past 14 years, providing the chance for great names in wine and great names in the Montreal restaurant scene to join forces and combine their generosity to raise funds for the cancer department of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital. The maison Jean-Claude Boisset made a noteworthy contribution at the 2015 event, featuring alongside some other illustrious French and Italian wines from Bordeaux, Champagne and Piedmont in some vertiginous vertical tastings.
Around 250 generous wine lovers enjoyed a series of tastings with the theme, “Words from the Winemakers”. JCB winemaker Grégory Patriat was accompanied by Quebec sommelier Véronique Rivest and presented six prestigious crus produce by Jean-Claude Boisset. His talent as an orator, and his passion – very much in keeping with the theme – were much appreciated by the audience, seduced by the excellence of the appellations he presented:
Beaune Premier Cru Les Vignes Franches 2012
Just 450 bottles were produced of this complex, highly sophisticated wine, with aromas of white blossom and beeswax over a smooth and forthright sensation in the mouth, followed by exceptional length
Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Perrières 2011
Hints of honey, pear, and wax, over a touch of gunflint in this wine from 60-year-old vines with yields of less than 40hl/ha
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011
A floral and mineral nose over an ample feel on the tongue, this dazzling gold wine offers great length and wonderful finesse
These wines were then followed by a vertical tasting of Grand Cru Clos de la Roche, a rare treat given that grand crus represent less than 2% of all Burgundy wine production:
Clos de la Roche 2012
Vinified with 50% whole bunches, with pure and deep aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant, precise on the tongue. A powerful and lengthy finish with salient tannins suggesting this wine should be ideally kept for another decade.
A more fruity, airy wine, that is supple and crisp on the tongue. The finish is already very flavorsome, but it could be left for a further five or six years.
Clos de la Roche 2008
Open on the nose with tertiary notes, smooth in the mouth but still crisp with good acidity. There is still room for improvement.
Another highlight was “La Soirée À Votre Santé”, attended by some 400 guests, where the Meursault Premier Cru Charmes 2012 from Jean-Claude Boisset lived up to its name!
And to close the show was the gala dinner and auction where some very respectable bottles were snapped up by those with the deepest pockets. Jean-Charles Boisset attended the event, skillfully auctioning off a surprise lot of a trip to California for six people, which went for CAD45,000, along with another lot of two exceptional crus: Two jeroboams of Clos de la Roche 2002, which sold for CAD32,000. In total, the 2015 event raised CAD1,041,907 for this extremely worthy cause.