Judgement of London: Wines, Judges and Scoring Criteria

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The full list of wines, shown within the pairs and in the order each pairing was tasted, is as follows:

Rest of World: Polish Hill Riesling, Grosset, Clare Valley, Australia 2012
Europe: Trimbach, Riesling Clos St Hune, Alsace, France 2008
Europe: Cervaro Della Sala, Marchese Antinori, Umbria, Italy 2018
Rest of World: Kistler Chardonnay, Les Noisetiers, Sonoma, USA 2018
Europe: Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Maison Louis Jadot, Burgundy, France 2017
Rest of World: Felton Road Chardonnay Block 6, Central Otago, New Zealand 2017
Rest of World: Au Bon Climat Hildegard, Santa Maria Valley, USA 2020
Europe: Terre Alte, Livio Felluga, Friuli, Italy 2020
Sauvignon Blanc
Europe: Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, Bordeaux, France 2017
Rest of World: Peter Michael Winery Sauvignon Blanc, L'Apres Midi, Sonoma, USA 2014
Rest of World: Pegasus Bay Riesling, Bel Canto, Waipara, North Canterbury, New Zealand 2011
Europe: Franz Hitzberger, Riesling Singerriedel, Wachau, Austria 2019
Rest of World: Viognier, Tahbilk, Nagambie Lakes, Australia 2011
Europe: St Joseph Blanc Les Oliviers, Pierre Gonon, Rhône, France 2020
Europe: Quinta dos Roques Encruzado, Dão, Portugal 2014
Rest of World: David & Nadia Chenin Blanc, Skaliekop, Swartland, South Africa 2019

Pinot Noir
Rest of World: Storm Pinot Noir, Ridge, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa 2019
Europe: Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, Domaine Dujac, Côtes de Nuits, France 2017
Pinot Noir
Europe: Spätburgunder, Weingut Mayer-Näckel, Ahr Valley, Germany 2019
Rest of World: Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir, San Andreas, Sonoma, USA 2019
Rest of World: Promontory, Napa Valley, USA 2019
Europe: Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2009
Europe: Château Léoville Las Cases, St Julien, Bordeaux, France 2009
Rest of World: Viñedo Chadwick, Maipo Valley, Chile 2015
Rest of World: Homage Syrah, Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 2018
Europe: Hermitage Rouge, Jean Louis Chave, Rhône, France, 2012
Europe: Saperavi Qvevri, Quevri Wine Cellar, Kakheti, Georgia 2019
Rest of World: Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Canberra, New South Wales, Australia 2015
Rest of World: Torbreck Hillside Vineyard Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia 2016
Europe: Clos Magador, Priorat, Spain 2019
Cabernet Franc
Europe: Saumur Champigny, Clos Rougeard, Loire, France 2018
Rest of World: Gran Enemigo, Cabernet Franc, Gualtallary, Argentina 2018

The 21 judges who participated were:
1. Elliot Awin, Partner at ABS Wine Agencies
2. Isa Bal MS, Consultant Sommelier, Trivet Restaurant
3. Richard Bampfield MW, Wine Consultant
4. Stephen Brook, Contributing Editor of Decanter and Author
5. Alistair Cooper MW, Writer, Consultant and Judge
6. Dawn Davies MW, Buying Director, Speciality Drinks
7. Gearoid Devaney MS, Director of Flint Wines and Cabotte
8. Sarah Jane Evans MW, Wine Writer
9. Tina Gellie, Content Manager for the Decanter brand
10. Aleesha Hansel, Wine Writer
11. Daniel Illsley, Founder of Theatre of Wine
12. Anne Krebiehl MW, Wine Writer
13. Kathrine Larsen-Robert MS, Head of Fine Wine, Enotria
14. Adam Lechmere, Publishing Director, Académie du Vin Library
15. Regine Lee MW, Indigo Wine, Managing Director
16. Margaret Rand, Wine Writer and general editor of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book
17. Laura Rhys MS, Head of Wine – Communications, Education and Style, Gusbourne
18. Jancis Robinson MW OBE, Wine Writer of The FT and JancisRobinson.com
19. Patrick Schmitt MW, Editor-in-Chief, The Drinks Business
20. Matt Wilkin MS, Director, H2Vin
21. Clem Yates MW, Founder of English Pink rosé

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Two scoring systems were used: plurality voting, whereby each judge’s scores are added up to give a total and The Borda Count, an explanation of which is below. The two systems were crossed checked to give the ultimate rankings for each wine.The Borda Count is a nondictatorial positional voting method which ranks the wines in order and uses a preferential voting scheme to aggregate the rankings. The result has less bias than plurality voting which can give greater weight to judges who put plenty of scatter into their scores. The Borda Count was used at the 30th anniversary tasting in May 2006.

Judgement of Paris
The wine tasting which became known as Judgement of Paris took place on 24 th May 1976. It was organised by Stephen Spurrier, who at the time ran the Les Caves de la Madeleine wine merchant in Paris. The panel comprised 11 judges from the French wine trade. The red flight featured wines from Bordeaux and Napa, whilst the white flight featured Burgundy and Napa. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon and Château Montelena 1973 Chardonnay triumphed, coming out top in their respective categories.

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