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14 red wines from Bordeaux and California were part of a blind tasting performed by a highly competent panel consisting of several well known wine lovers in Norway. The results followed in the footsteps of ”Judgement of Paris” and a American wine ones again out conquered the French.

The famous tasting ”Judgement of Paris” in 1976 has a revolutionary impact on the American wine industry. This as a result of the high publicity and increase in sales du to the event.

Today the quality of American wines is also known in Norway, yet the sales numbers show that Norwegians prefer wines of classic Bordeaux blend from Bordeaux as opposed to the wines from California.

The Norwegians prefer wines of classic Bordeaux AS opposed to the wines from California. Photo:

Senior product manager from the State Wine Monopoly (Vinmonopolet) Arnt Egil Nordlien, explains that the sales numbers indicate that the customers in the Fine wine society in Norway are mainly interested in wines from the geografical areas of Médoc and Pessac-Leognan in Bordeaux. In 2017, the State Wine Monopoly wine shops bought just under 18 000 bottles from the above mentioned areas. Wines from the US, and mainly California wines, will have to make due with third place after Italy ́s super-Tuscans. In 2017 the state Monopoly Fine wine shops bought just under 700 bottles of American Cabernet Sauvignon.

The tasting

Trendy Vérité at Aker Brygge. Photo: Aker Brygge hosted the tasting and gathered a highly competent panel at Vérité in Oslo on Augst 8th 2018. The wines were served blind, one at a time and in a random order. The wines were seperated into two catagories:

6 aged wines (1982-1996)

8 Younger wines (2009-2014)

The Results

No. – Producer – Area – Points
1 Opus One 1992 – California – 93,75

2 Ch. Montrose 2014 – Bordeaux – 92,42

3 Ch. Palmer 1996 – Bordeaux – 91,92

4 Ch. Mouton Rothschild 1989 – Bordeaux – 91,83

5 Ch. Pontet-Canet 2009 – Bordeaux – 91,58

6 Heitz Martha´s Vineyard 1982 – California – 91,33

7 Ch. Haut-Brion 2014 – Bordeaux – 91,25

8 Ch. Las-Cases 2010 – Bordeaux – 91,17

9 Stags leap Cask 23 2009 – California – 91,08

10 Ridge Monte Bello 1996 – California – 90,42

10 Mayacamas 2013 – California – 90,42

12 Phelps Insignia 2014 – California – 89,08

13 Ch. Leoville Barton 1982 – Bordeaux – 88,58

14 Continuum 2014* – California – 85,25

* Unfortunately, the bottle from Continuum had a flaw.

You will find the main article (In Norwegian language) here: congratulates the winners!