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Chinese wines beat French at own game

Matthew Warren · 22 Dec 2011, 12:54

Published: 22 Dec 2011 12:54 GMT+01:00

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French wine growers had their finely trained noses put out of joint when they were trounced by a group of Chinese wines in a blind tasting.


The event, which took place in Beijing, lined up five French wines against five from China.

To guarantee fair play, the judges were made up of five French and five Chinese wine experts.

Four wines from the north-western Ningxia region of China beat all the wines from Bordeaux, France’s most famous wine area.

The first placed wine was a cabernet sauvignon from the Grace Vineyard Chairman’s reserve.

It was left to a 2009 Lafite Saga from the Medoc area of Bordeaux to restore Gallic pride in fifth place.

The event was reminiscent of a similar contest in 1976 between French and American wines. Known as the Judgement of Paris, there was dismay in France when Californian wines beat their French opposition.

“The Ningxia region has huge potential,” said Nathalie Sibille, a Bordeaux specialist quoted in daily newspaper 20 Minutes.

“People will have to change their opinion of Chinese wines,” added one member of the jury, Fiona Sun.



Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2012-07-09 18:51:05 by Pongo
US and Oz wines = Chemicals Chinese wine = urine
2011-12-22 21:19:11 by Bugger (the Panda)
Ozzie winemakers
2011-12-22 19:00:56 by MOI
A country with so much pollution I can only imagine what the soil is like.......
2011-12-22 18:59:36 by MOI
Please, one can only guess what the Chinois put into those wines or did to them to get the winning score. There is no prestige in drinking or gifting a " chinese " wine".
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