Today’s comments on Hervé Bizeul’s blog or even James Suckling (Wine Spectator) could be of interest (or not) for proponents of blind tasting and point out the problems with half blind tastings such as ones based on categories: Classified growth from the Medoc, 1st cru, Right Bank, Pomerol, Fronsac, French-American Wines…
As soon as our brain receives information, what ever sort, it analyses it and draws conclusions.
How many time has a wine served at the end of the meal seemed better for it is supposed to be served in an ascending curve, the carafe, a little smile, our suggested means… Convinced by the validity of this information, many winery owners have artificially created expensive wines. However, the end consumer is not so stupid. Will survive only the ones who offer a real range of qualities.
Actually… I participated in a blind tasting on Monday 14… I drank during lunch with an important wine broker and the staff of one the nicest négociant in Bordeaux:
Doisy Daene rosé 2005 (delicious)
Château Les Grands Chênes 2003 (very good QPR, top)
Pavillon Rouge 2001 (classic)
Château Beauséjour Bécot 1990 (already 18 years old! And still very good!)
Château d’Aiguilhe 2003 (incredible QPR)
And especially, the exceptional QPR and class (it deserved its promotion) of Château Bellefont Belcier 2003.
Hurrah for blind tasting ! I didn’t guess anything (except the clayey limestone soil of Château l’Aiguilhe)
In this euphoric atmosphere, I even offered to open and drink at my home or at La Dominique, Pingus and Harlan! Damn! ;-))