France triumphs once again at world blind tasting contest

Vendredi 23 octobre 2020 par Vitisphere

This is France’s third victory since 2012.
This is France’s third victory since 2012. - crédit photo : DR

On Saturday 10 October at Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Pessac-Léognan, the French blind tasting team agreed to put its world championship title on the line once again. Psychoanalyst Eric Bordas, air traffic controllers Emmanuel Oliver and Christophe Boyet and wine shipper François Breteau, coached by retired school teacher Vincent Mercier, matched their 2019 feat, once again topping the podium, ahead of the Chinese. The Swedish and Finnish teams came joint third.

This is the first time a team has won the world blind tasting championship twice in a row, and it is France's third victory in eight events. The twenty or so competing teams first had to recognise the main grape variety in the blend, the producer country, the vintage, the appellation, the producer and the names of twelve wines.

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(withheld as unimportant) Le 23 octobre 2020 à 22:12:52
Congratulations to the French Team. Their feat might be much more generally impressive (or reveal the level of difficulty in such a contest) if the list of wines was included, along with which categories on each were correctly answered by the winning team..
(withheld as unimportant) Le 23 octobre 2020 à 22:11:52
Congratulations to the French Team. Their feat might be much more generally impressive (or reveal the level of difficulty in such a contest) if the list of wines was included, along with which categories on each were correctly answered by the winning team..
Vern Siemens Le 23 octobre 2020 à 17:47:14
Were the competing teams told ahead which wines were in the tasting so they only had to choose from a limited known group of available wines? Were these total random wines or were these all well known large producers of fairly industry standard wines, as in an Argentinean Malbec, a Napa Valley Cab, Bordeaux second growth, an Oregon Pinot Noir, a Cotes de Nuit burgundy, a German Riesling, etc. I would think it would be impossible for a group of tasters to pick out an atypical wine from a small producer on an off year, so are these not then sort of rigged, and require only the process of elimination to choose what would be a well known producer from a well known vintage year?
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