The Sovereign Art Foundation organised a blind tasting with French and Portuguese wines based on the famous blind tasting held in Paris in 1976, (now the subject of a hollywood movie called “Bottleshock”) where a panel of top French wine experts rated largely unknown Californian wines higher than France’s best – an event that will forever be remembered for changing the wine world.
On the 24th of May 2011, The Judgement of Hong Kong tasting was held to taste the best of Portugal and the best of France. The judging panel was chaired by Hong Kong’s leading wine critic, Simon Tam, by Charles Curtis MW, head of Asia wine sale’s for Christie’s, by Nigel Bruce, member of The Hong Kong wine society and writer of many wine books, Filipe Santos, the President of Macau’s Wine Society, Paulo Pong from Atalaya Wines and last but not least, the head sommelier from L’Atelier de Joeal Robuchon in Hong Kong, Benoit Allauzen.
With wines flowing around, alot of chattering and a friendly environment, all wines were tasted and scores were given out of 20 – as in the original Paris tasting.
Quinta Vale D. Maria 2007 Douro came in 4th place with Chateau Leoville Barton 2007, and first of all Portuguese wines at the tasting. All scores were very close, particularly the first 6 wines. Details of the ranking may be seen below:
1. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2007 AND Chateau Lynch Bages 2007: 18.33 points
2. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2007: 17.83 points
3. Chateau Latour 2007: 17.75 points
4. Quinta Vale D. Maria 2007 Douro AND Chateau Leoville Barton 2007: 17.67 points
5. Chateau Beychevelle 2007: 17.50 points
6. Quinta da Leda 2007 Douro: 17.00 points
7. Quinta do Noval 2007 Douro: 16.83 points
8. Pintas 2007 Douro: 16.75 points
9. Chryseia 2007 Douro: 16.58 points
10. Batuta (Niepoort) 2007 Douro: 16.33 points
11. Esporão Garrafeira 2007 Alentejo: 16.17 points
This shows a very close result between the top 6 wines. The judges gave the winning wine an average of 18.33 points but the best Portuguese wine, Quinta Vale D. Maria 2007 Douro Red, which ranked fourth place with another wine, received a very close average of 17.67 points from the judges. Even the lowest ranked wine received an average of 16.17 points from each judge attesting to the quality of all the wines tasted.
The tasting showed that Portuguese red wines can compare favourably to 1st class French wines. Portuguese wines have fantastic aging potential and show real depth of flavour and character with unique grape varieties.
These excellent results for Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Red follows and reinforces the wine’s international recognition by the most important wine critics. In fact the scores given by both Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and The Wine Spectator classify Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Red as one of the best and most consistent wines in the world.
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This event was held in aid of The Sovereign Art Foundation to raise money for programmes in Cambodia, India and other countries where art is used as a form of education and rehabilitation for disadvantaged children.