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REPORT
VINSOBRES CRU DISCOVERY NIGHT
ON 25 JUNE 2013

As part of the Concours des Vins à Orange and for training purposes, the non-profit association behind the event holds yearly pre-competition tasting nights in January for its “amateur” tasters, under tasting conditions similar to those of the Concours itself.

The samples presented in competition are mostly generic Côtes du Rhône wines, but there are also plenty of wines with cru status. To upgrade the training dispensed to tasters, the Concours began in November 2010 to hold evening events for getting to know a Rhône Valley cru.

On 25 June 2013, the showcased appellation was Vinsobres.

The session began with a speech by Mme Anne Mouralis, Director of the Concours des Vins à Orange association, followed by a presentation of the appellation by Messrs Roger Gleize and Pascal Jaume, respectively President and Vice-President of the local trade body, the Syndicat des Vignerons de Vinsobres..



The event was hosted by Mr Philippe Dauguet, French Amateur Tasting Champion, and co-staged with the Vinsobres trade body.
This discovery night was a great success, with nearly 40 amateur tasters attending.
Eleven red wines from the 2009, 2010 and 2012 vintages were tasted.
The event was rounded off with a buffet, during which the participants and presenters were able to revisit each cuvée.


REPORT
BEAUMES DE VENISE CRU DISCOVERY NIGHT
11 OCTOBER 2012

As part of the Concours des Vins à Orange, and for training purposes, the organising body holds pre-competition tasting nights every year for its amateur tasters, in conditions very similar to those of the event itself.
Most of the samples entered in the Concours des Vins à Orange are wines from the generic Côtes du Rhône area, but there are also many crus. The organisers have therefore decided to upgrade this aspect of the training: since November 2010, evening sessions have been held to introduce a Rhone Valley cru..

In 2010, the featured appellations were TAVEL and LIRAC; in 2011, it was the turn of VACQUEYRAS then RASTEAU.

In 2012, tasters were able to familiarise themselves with two crus, GIGONDAS (on 16 June) and BEAUMES DE VENISE (11 October).

The latter event kicked off with a speech by Mme Anne Mouralis, director of the Concours des Vins à Orange organising body, followed by a presentation of the appellation by Mr Alain Ignace, a grower-producer in BEAUMES DE VENISE and retired chairman of the BALMA VENITIA cellar.
This discovery night was led by Mr Philippe Dauguet, France’s amateur tasting champion, and staged in partnership with the BEAUMES DE VENISE trade body..

The event was a great success, with over 50 amateur tasters in attendance.
Eleven red wines (2010 and 2011 vintages) were tasted, followed by ten Muscats (2005 to 2011 vintages).
The night ended with a buffet supper, during which participants and tutors were able to revisit each vintage..


REPORT ON
THE GIGONDAS CRU DISCOVERY NIGHTS

ON 07 AND 14 JUNE 2012

As part of the Concours des Vins à Orange and for training purposes, the non-profit association behind the event holds yearly pre-competition tasting nights in January for its “amateur” tasters, under tasting conditions similar to those of the Concours itself.
The samples presented in competition are mostly generic Côtes du Rhône wines, but there are also plenty of wines with cru status. To upgrade the tasters’ training, the Concours began in November 2010 to hold nights for discovering a Rhône Valley cru.

TAVEL and LIRAC were the two appellations showcased in November 2010.
They were followed in 2011 by VACQUEYRAS (in June) and RASTEAU (in November).

On 07 and 14 June 2012, it was the turn of the GIGONDAS appellation.

These latest discovery nights were led by Mr Philippe Dauguet, French Amateur Tasting Champion, and co-staged with the Gigondas trade body.

They began with speeches by Mr Michel Bernard and Mme Anne Mouralis, President and Director of the Concours des Vins à Orange association, respectively.

The Gigondas appellation was presented by Mr Philippe Dauguet.

These Gigondas discovery nights proved very popular, with nearly 80 amateur tasters attending.
On each occasion, the tasters were able to sample – and greatly appreciate – two 2011 rosés, five 2009 reds and five 2007 reds from the Gigondas appellation.

As usual, the events were rounded off with a buffet, over which the participants and presenters were able to revisit each cuvée.

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REPORT ON
THE CRU DISCOVERY NIGHTS
ON 17 AND 25 NOVEMBER 2010
Venue: Tasting room, Institut Rhodanien, Orange


As part of the Concours des Vins à Orange and with the purpose of training, the Association Concours des Vins à Orange, the competition organiser, holds pre-competition tasting nights every year in January for its "amateur" tasters. Tasting conditions are similar to those of the competition.

The samples entered for the Concours des Vins à Orange are mainly wines from generic Côtes du Rhône estates, but a large number are also from crus. Consequently, in order to enhance this training programme, the Concours des Vins à Orange has decided to also run two nights in November, each devoted to discovering a Rhône Valley cru.


The first two appellations featured in 2010 were Tavel and Lirac, on 17 November and 25 November respectively.

The events began with speeches by Mr Michel Bernard and Mrs Anne Mouralis-Coulon, respectively the president and chief executive of Association Concours des Vins à Orange, the competition organiser.

The events were led by Philippe Dauguet, the French amateur tasting champion, and staged in partnership with the Tavel and Lirac trade bodies.

The Tavel appellation was presented by Mr Guillaume Demoulin of Domaine de Trinquevedel.

The Lirac appellation was presented by the president of the Syndicat de l'AOC de Lirac, Mr Alain Jaume.

These two discovery nights enjoyed great success, with more than 40 amateur tasters attending each event.
They tasted 11 Tavel rosés, then five whites and 11 reds from Lirac.
The events ended with a buffet, during which the participants and tutors could revisit each cuvée tasted.

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