The Pitiful Bordelais
Mark Fisher over at Wine Sediments gives us the heads up on a development which is at once pitiful while also indicative of the crisis that exists in the French wine industry.
Fisher reports and comments on the fact that at the upcoming "redo" of the famed Paris Tasting of 1976, at which American wines surprising bested French wines and put this country’s vino on the map, will in fact not be a BLIND tasting as it was the first time around. There will be simultaneous tastings in London and in Napa Valley.
What does this mean? As Fisher puts it, it means "BAWK bawk bawk BAWK bawk bawk BAWK."
Acording to Decanter, "there has been some
opposition from Bordeaux owing to the chateaux involved in the original
tasting not wishing to have their wines tasted blind against
It has now been decided to taste the wines will be presented
semi-blind – the panels will know which region but not which wine they
Let’s be clear. There is only one reason why you would not want to taste wines blind in an tasting meant to rank wines: You want to be sure you don’t rate certain wines too high or too low. In the case of the French, it’s a matter of both. And it’s a pitiful indication of the inferiority complex that is invading the French wine industry.
One of two things should happen as a result of the French demand that the wines not be tasted blind: 1) the tasting should be scrapped because it is a useless exercise with no value or 2) The American tasters should, at the Napa Valley tasting, insist that the wines be tasted blind or not taste any of them.