Wine Tasting World Championship 2020

This weekend, the world championship in blind tasting of wines was held at the historic Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux. The blind tasting WC is organized by “my” wine magazine La Revue du Vin de France and this was the eighth competition since the start in 2013. Despite Covid-19, as many as 18 teams from different countries participated and here the task was to identify 12 different wines from around the world.

The storage cellar at Smith Haut Lafitte!

The result of this year’s WC is gratifyingly in two ways, for a Francophile as I am, partly because the world’s best wine-producing country France won the competition and with Sweden and Finland in shared third place. Not only that, the two Nordic teams are also teams from Munskänkarna, the world’s largest non-commercial wine tasting and education association. The Swedish team consisted of Erik and Sofia Grödahl, Peter Rabe and Magnus Hazell with Mats Burnert as coach.

Sweden succeeded in 2017 with winning the competition, but France is now at top after being the only country to have managed to win two years in a row and they now have a total of as many as three victories.

The complete results list follows:

  • France, 167 points
  • China, 132 points
  • Sweden / Finland, 114 points
  • Hungary, 110 points
  • Spain, 109 points
  • Russia, 107 points
  • Belgium, 106 points
  • Luxembourg, 105 points
  • USA, 81 points
  • Japan / United Kingdom 57 points
  • Brazil, 56 points
  • Denmark, 51 points
  • Poland, 50 points
  • Portugal, 47 points
  • Monaco, 40 points
  • Italy, 29 points

Here is the list of wines that the teams would identify (grape variety, country, appellation, producer and vintage):

  1. Chardonnay, France, Champagne, Ayala, 2013
  2. Chasselas, Switzerland, Valais, Cave des Tilleuls, 2015
  3. Chardonnay, France, Meursault, Buisson Charles, 2012
  4. Corvina 70%, Rondinella 17%, Corvinone 3%, Italy, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, La Dama, 2015
  5. Cabernet sauvignon 50%, Syrah 50%, Australia, Penfolds, 2017
  6. Grenache, France, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de La Janasse, 2000
  7. Tempranillo 95%, Grenache 5%. Spain, Ribera del Duero, Picaro del Aguila, 2017
  8. Riesling, Germany, Mosel, Van Volxem, 2018
  9. Chardonnay, New Zeeland, Martinborough, Ata Rangi, 2016
  10. Pinot noir, USA, Santa Cruz Mountains, Lilo Vineyard, 2014
  11. Merlot 70%, Cabernet franc 30%, France, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Valandraud, 2011
  12. Scheurebe, Austria, Burgenland, Nekowitsch, 1998

What I miss is of course a wine from Provence!

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