Pas hebben we het aangekondigd. Er waren een paar mannetjes die de uitslag van de Paris Tasting niet best vonden. Napa won en ze vonden dat Bordeaux moest winnen. Dus gingen ze de remake van de remake van de Paris Tasting organiseren…
En guess what? Hahaha. Napa won weer!!!
Californian wines have once again beaten their French counterparts in a blind tasting – judged this time by a group set up expressly to challenge the ‘Americanisation’ of taste.
The Grand Jury European is a collective of international wine experts with comprehensive – and lofty – ideals. Its founder Francois Mauss had an epiphany when he saw Parker scores in a Paris wine shop and vowed to start a European tasting panel that ‘would have power over what Europeans buy’.
Its latest tasting – the Judgement of Sauternes – aimed to right the wrongs of Stephen Spurrier’s recent Re-Judgment of Paris.
Chairman Francois Mauss declared he was unhappy with Spurrier’s celebratory recreation of the Judgement of Paris tasting in May this year, claiming dual locations and an unfair selection of vintages and tasters discredited the results.
At this month’s tasting all wines were from the 1995 vintage, which Mauss told decanter.com, was ‘an excellent one for California, and a very good one for Bordeaux – chosen to be fair to both, but so we can’t be accused of being biased towards Bordeaux’.
In a tasting that cost US$20,000 to put together, Mauss gathered experts from all over the world, including France, the US, Italy, Spain and the UK. Jurors included regular GJE members such as Neil Beckett and Olivier Poussier, and visiting ‘big beasts’ such as Jeff Leve, a colleague of Robert Parker.
Of the top five chateaux, the first three were Californians. The winner was Abreu followed by Beringer and Pahlmeyer. Of the Bordeaux wines, Valandraud came in at number four, just ahead of Chateau Latour.
Even more surprisingly, when results were separated into scores awarded only by the usual GJE jury, 8 Californians wines came in the top 10.
Xavier Planty of Chateau Guiraud, where the tasting was held, had one theory as to why California won yet again: ‘When tasting wines from your own area, the critical part of your brain is switched on, when tasting from another area, the pleasure part is switched on.’
RESULTS IN FULL
(All 1995 Vintage)
1 Abreu (Madrona Ranch)
1 Beringer Private Reserve
3 Pahlmeyer Propriatory Red
5 Shafer Hillside Select
7 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve
9 Leoville Les Cases
9 Phelps Insignia
11 Mouton Rothschild
12 Mondavi Reserve
13 Cheval Blanc
15 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet
18 La Jota Anniversary Reserve
18 Le Bon Pasteur
20 Pride Reserve
21 Haut Condissas
22 Spring Mountain
23 Rollan de By
25 Chateau Montelena
26 Lafite Rothschild
27 Monte Bello Ridge
28 Cheval Blanc*
33 Le Tertre Roteboeuf
34 Haut Brion
35 La Mission Haut Brion
36 Croix de Labrie
37 Screaming Eagle
38 Harlan Estate
39 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill
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