Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
1976 Paris Tasting Recreated at Expovinis, Brazil
A recreation of the famous 1976 Paris Tasting was held at this year’s Expovinis Brazil International Wine Fair, with the results soundly repeating the original tasting.
Steven Spurrier, a wine journalist for Decanter and the organizer of the original Paris Tasting, moderated the Expovinis event. Six wines were included in the blind tasting, including the 1995 Château Haut-Brion, 1995 Château Mouton Rothschild, and 1995 Château Léoville-Las Cases. The American wines consisted of the 2000 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000 Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon, and 2000 Château Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines were tasted by a panel of sixty international wine professionals and were scored using a six-point scale. Tasters were asked to assign one point to the wine they liked best, and six points to the wine they liked the least.
Once the results were tabulated, it was found that history had repeated itself. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars was the clear winner of the evening, followed by Château Mouton Rothschild in second place and Château Haut-Brion placing a close third.
The seminal tasting was most recently recreated at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 1996 to mark the 20th anniversary of the event. At that time bottles of the first-place wines--the 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay--were accepted into the Museum's collections.
Today, the wines of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars continue to command the respect and admiration of wine aficionados the world over, proving beyond a doubt that the Paris victory was no accident, but proof positive of the ability to create consistently splendid wines from a distinctive region of a very special valley.
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