The event was organized by Laeticia Laure who until recently had been working for the AVN.
The tasting event, which should come back every year at about the same time is named Les Affranchis, with as subtitle "35 Vignerons de Loire à Paris !". Enough to compell you to make a visit, especially if you know that all these wines are made from organic grapes and go through the cellar uncorrected. I knew of course a few of the vintners there but I still had to know better some of them :
Alexandre Bain, Clément Baraut, Thomas Batardière, Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme, Puzelat-Bonhomme, Guy Bossard & Fred Niger Van Herck (Domaine de l'Ecu), Mikaël Bouges, Emeline Calvez & Sébastien Bobinet, Vincent Carême, Agnès & Jacques Carroget (la Paonnerie), Ludovic Chanson, Florent Cosme, Mathieu Coste, Xavier Courant (Domaine de l'Oubliée), Sébastien David, Nathalie Gaubicher-Chaussard (le Briseau), Françoise & Philippe Gourdon (Tour Grise), Reynald Héaulé, Emile Hérédia (Domaine de Montrieux), Laurent Herlin, Mélanie & Emeric Hillaire (Clos Mélaric), Maï & Kenji Hodgson, Grégory Leclerc, Chahut et prodiges, et Anne Paillet, Autour de l'Anne, Jérôme Lenoir (Les Roches), Josette Médeau, Christine, Joël & Jérémy Ménard (Sablonnettes), Thierry Michon (Saint-Nicolas), Noëlla Morantin Romain Paire (Pothiers), Marc Pesnot, (Sénéchalière), Philippe Peulet (la Perrière), Géraldine & Christophe Pialoux (Le Picatier), Pascale & François Plouzeau, (la Garrelière), Pascal Potaire & Moses Gadouche (Capriades), François Saint-Lô Luc Sébille, Marie Thibault-Cabrit, Hervé Villemade, Jean-Marie, Julien & Thibaut (Les Roches sèches).
__ Kenji & Mae Hodgson Faia 2011. Vin de Table. On the market since september. A mineral and fresh wine. Chenin, aged in old casks.
__ Kenji & Mae Hodgson, Heart & Beat 2010, a rosé vin de table made from cabernet. Very light color. The nose is very candy-like, with grenadine character and blackcurrant notes, pear too. They still had a bit of it to sell (not sure they have now). Very long élevage on lees. Costs 7 € without tax. I like the tannic type of mouth here.
__ Kenji & Mae Hodgson Ô Galarneau 2011. A nice cabernet franc that I always like to taste again. Sold out of course, Kenji says that's since the Renaissance wine event in Angers. Generous nose with fresh undertones. Quite delicious. Cost € wo tax when it was still available, and 10 € tax included at the facility. You keep the vibrations of the wine in the mouth for a while.
__ domaine des Potiers Hors piste 2011, "Vin de Pays d'Urfée". A white made from pinot gris on granite soils. Light wine, rather easy to drink. 12 ° in alcohol. Vinified and élevage in 500-liter old barrels.
__ domaine des Potiers Fou de Chêne 2011. Vin de Pays too. Another white, chardonnay. Quite gouleyant with this pleasant gliding feel on the palate. Lots of minerality too with the granite. Vines : 25 years old. SO2 : 30 SO2 total, the only adding being at the bottling. Costs 12 € tax included.
__ domaine des Potiers Granit Rose 2012, a rosé of course. Very light color, they made half in fre-run and hald in first press. They use a type of Gamay on the estate named Gamay Saint Romain, not so usual from what I understand. Frzsh wine, a bit high in alcohol maybe, at least in the mouth feel.
__ domaine des Potiers Fou de Chêne 2011 Côte Roannaise Référence. Gamay St Romain on granite. The wine feels concentrated on the nose, the color is dark too. He says that the grapes are smaller on the St Romain variety of Gamay. Costs 7 € tax included. SO2 added at bottling only. Vines : 15 years old.
__ domaine des Potiers Cuvée Domaine, old vines (from 35 to 70 years). Gamay Saint Romain. That's nice, I like that wine. Organic/biodynamic farming, hand picked.15-day maceration and élevage in cement vats. Costs only 4,2 € without tax for professional buyers and 8,5 € tax included for individual buyers.
__ domaine des Potiers N° 6. Gamay St Romain again. On clay and sand, the whole on granite undersoil. 1,5-hectare parcel, 10 years old. Nose : soft spices. Onctuous wine, nice flesh. Costs 9 € tax included.
__ domaine des Potiers Clos du Puy 2012. Red (Gamay). Sample taked from a 500-liter barrel. Will be bottled in september. Mouth : nice and precise, chiseled.
__ domaine des Potiers L'Intégrale 2011. Côte Roannaise, red from Gamay Saint Romain like the other reds here. A selection from their best grapes, 100 % destemmed. Maceration, 3 weeks in barrels, then, pressed. 0,5 hectare, or 2000 bottles. The mouth has an austere side, like if the wine needed more time in the cellar to show up.
__Le Picatier Petites Causeries 2008 (red), Vin de France (table wine). Partly-destemmed gamay. enamelled vats. Very light gamay wine with an evolved color, like for an older wine. This wine changed while in the bottles, Géraldine says. Speaking about the table-wine status and the AOC, she says that they used to try to get the agreement for the appellation (Côte Roannaise) but they stopped because of the trouble. Costs 3,5 € without tax (pro) and 6 € tax included at the winery. 2000 bottles in all. SO2 : only at bottling, 2g/hectoliter. Here is a light, thirst wine.
__ Le Picatier Cuvée 100 % 2012. Gamay, table wine. First year for this cuvée, made together and harvested together with a bunch of friends includingJulien altaber and the chef de culture of De Montille. 100 % was meant as 100 % pleasure with friends. I don't know if the frienship plays a role but I loved this wine with its aromas of generous Burlat cherries. Ample mouth, gourmand and elegant at the same time. Carbonic maceration for 15 days. Unfiltered. SO2, none added, they just got some smoke from a sulfur wick on the wine. She says that 2012 was a nice vintage with superb fruit but lots of grapes were damaged by hailstorms. 6000 bottles in all. Costs 7,2 € tax included. A steal.
__ Le Picatier, L'Intro 2011. Vin de Table. Gamay more or less growing on granite rock. There's indeed a mineral side here that come to you. 15 days of carbonic maceration. I can't read my notes here but they then did something and waited 15 days more. Elevage in demi muids for 8 months, bottled november 2012. The mouth is sharper, with minerality. Costs 5,4 € without tax or 9 € tax included for the general public.
__ Les Roches Sèches, les Varennes. Chenin on schists.No notes, sorry.
__ Les Roches Sèches, Les Essards 2012, red Vin de France (table wine). A semi-carbonic vinification of Grolleau.
__ Les Roches Sèches,Les Saint Martin 2012. Sample taked from a cask, 2500 to 3000 bottles in all. Dark wine. The mouth is a bit perly. No SO2 at all yet at this stage. I love that wine. Costs 6,45 € without tax or 11 € tax included for the general public.
__ Les Roches Sèches, Le Jeau 2012, a red taken from a vat (not bottled yet). There's a white Le Jeau but this one is a red made with Cabernet Franc growing on schists. The nose is suave, sounds great... Mouth : So nice, a real pleasure to swallow. Costs 14,5 € tax included. There will be about 2500 bottles of this cuvée.
Read again this story of mine about Didier Barouillet who deals with esca in a very innovative way.
This particular cuvée is named "Les 4 Terroirs de Coulaine", meaning it is made from 4 parcels. The estate is organicly farmed. The cabernet franc gives a good expression with a marked color, a rich substance and lots of small red fruits. Really a very enjoyable wine, probably unfiltered, this is liquid food to make you high.
On a related issue, the one of Depardieu's exile in Russia and Belgium (where he bought a property), I found this very enjoyable video interview of him (in French) that took place in Belgium and where he speaks in a very relaxed way about the French government and about the demonization he has been through. He says many things including that he knows many French people including farmers and that the French are fed up, something that is not taken into account by the French gov. This refreshing interview gives another, first-hand image of Depardieu, very far from the demonized character displayed by the French politically-correct media. He speaks also about his film jobs this year, first in the US (the infamous DSK story), then in Russia and Kazakhstan... and there was room too in this long interview for his gastronmy projects, and he may have such plans in Belgium where he might open a restaurant soon...
The restaurant next to this one is also a Missada restaurant, same owners, but this other one is a Chinese-kosher restaurant. It had a terrace and was full of couples and young men wearing a kippah.
The manager of the Japanese restaurant was a young jewish man and to our surprise he told us that there were quite a number of such restaurants in the Paris area, and I found this list afterwards.
We learned to to be kosher compliant, they must use only fish with scales and fins. I didn't even know that certain types of fish were exculded from the traditional jewish rules.
We already knew that the Japanese food authorities had set up a "Japanese restaurant authentication plan" to fight against the fake Japanese restaurants (read : Chinese owned), but this "Sushi Police" will have another target to investigate : the Japanese kosher restaurant...
After a while (we has gone there quite early), people began to came in and it was surprising to see traditional religious-observant jews sitting in a Japanese restaurant.
The food was so-so, especially for B. who has quite a deep experience in the matter of japanese food. For a know-little like me I was disappointed by two serious downsides : they hadn't any green tea and the place of the Asahi beers that we had ordered, they brought us Tsingtao beers in the pretext that the Asahi was not cold. To be frank, the idea of leaving the place right away popped in my mind.
This is still a place to try, considering they probably have corrected these lapses.
We didn't order sake but I think they had some. It is not clear if there's anything like kosher sake; we know about kosher wine, even produced by non-kosher wineries where they make special kosher cuvées with the hiring of a religiously-observant staff, but I never heard about something like that in sake breweries.