For those who follow up our tastings, we have 2 tastings to be held at Laurent restaurant in Paris where Wilfred and Kevin will be there.
The first one (december 1st) will be a full blind vertical tasting : no other information given to the 15 Tasters.
The second one (december 2d) is a kind of “revenge” after the so stupid comments we had in France about the tasting where Reignac did beat some first growths.
Some bloggers say that Mr Vatelot has put the Petrus inside a microwave in order to destroy it (yes, yes !!!) while some other say he put an other wine inside the bottles of Reignac. Unbelievable the imagination of some amateurs who simply cannot accept that, at a specific moment, a wine like Reignac may beat some classified !!!
So, this time, we did buy directly ourselves, the wines and the great crus are gifts from our GJE Members in Italy : Roberto, Christian and Orazio. Very generous friends, mama mia !
These are the wines, among others, who will be tasted, and this time in the vintage 1998 since nobody may say, about this vintage, that the first growths are still closed ( a regular comment we had about the 2001 tasting).
Latour-Margaux-Lafite-Mouton-Ht Brion-Cheval Blanc-Ausone-Mouton-Pavie-Angelus-Trotanoy-Ducru Beaucaillou-Cos d’Estournel-LLC-LMHB-Pichon Baron-Reignac-Rollan de By-Ht Condissas-Valandraud-Ht Bailly-Le Bon Pasteur and some other to reach 26/28 wines. Maximum 30.
For the first time, we will try our new way of scoring wines (repeated hereunder) which I deeply think as a real future in scoring wine. Of course, it will be - maybe - more difficult to readers to compare with the usual 100 points system.
Thank to Mr Greathouse, here are the actual definition of the seven levels we will try :
7 = R for Reference Point: A wine almost perfect which provides a real emotion and offers an anthology of length and shows a clear potential. The wine’s balance is impeccable.
6 = E for Excellent: Immediate qualities, great balance and length, remarkable natural class. Above the rest with potential, sensitivity; a beautiful landmark wine.
5 = VG for Very Good: No defects. Beautiful obvious qualities. Great length and Balance. One is in love with the wine. An international class wine.
4 = B for Good : The qualities are superior to any small defects that are evident but only moderately alter real pleasure. A wine to share with friends.
3 = MO for Middle : The defects are sensitive (or evident) but do not hide some qualities that could display or evolve better if more care were made in the vineyard and / or winemaking.
2 = Poor for Poor : The defects are dominant, obvious and suggest a wine that should not be bottled.
1 = D for Failure : a technical failuresuch as: corked, TCA, bad taste, oxidation, acidity… “We should try another bottle”.
Considering myself as a simple amateur, I trust that such shorter classification gives me more usefull informations about a wine than to really choose between a 94 and a 91 points.
Of course, this tasting is a semi-blind. It would have been just impossible to make a full blind tasting in such a short period after the last one since, obviously, my Tasters who are smart guys would have understood the trick.
I really think they will take more time in scoring between these 7 grades for a wine than with the usual 100 points where, finally, you may put behind so many thinks. Now, they are obliged to consider the definitions as written here.
Maybe Kevin will bring a ringer from California : will see.
And, of course, we will have a QPR classification too. I will record the debriefing for a dailymotion or youtube.
I know : this is hard work ! But, friends lovers from Burgundy, be aware that we will have with our Romanéens Group, an evening at Mr Fréchon restaurant*** (Le Bristol) an evening with a vertical of Romanée-Saint-Vivant. We have to indulge ourselves, no ?