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Judgement of Paris

Updated: Jun 10, 2021

Shunichi Kawai Blog

By Shunichi Kawai

Published on May 13, 2017

Read the full article in Japanese here.

English translation:

May 2017 Shunichi Kawai Blog

Shunichi Kawai official blog

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2017-05-14 14:11:54

Judgment of Paris

Yesterday, I attended the “Judgment of Paris in Tokyo” commemorative party.

The term may only be familiar to wine lovers, but in any case, it is an incredible event. Try searching for it!

See here for the results.

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(photo of results paper)

Tokyo Judging Panel Blind Tasting Results

On May 13, 2017, 4:30-6:00 p.m., a tasting was held of the original red wines showcased at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris.” The results are shown below. Judging was reenacted as close to the original format as possible, including number of panel members and tasting method. Wines were tasted blind with a maximum of 20 points to be awarded by each judge.

Please understand that the purpose of this party was not to find a winner between California and French wines, but to reflect on the original event and its significance in wine history, and to celebrate the overall development of wine in the world.

Judging Panel Members:

· Don Weaver, Estate Director, Harlan Estate

· Eddie Ghelsman, Owner, The Wine Library and WHOA Farm Winery

· Alexandre Jean, CEO and Sommelier, Les Facons D’Alexandre

· Yves Ringler, Owner and Sommelier, Le Terroir Wine Bistro

· Kenji Eda, Member, House of Representatives

· Yoshiki Tsuji, Representative, Tsuji Culinary Institute

· Keiko Murata, President and CEO, The Wine Kingdom

· Kunio Tokuoka, CEO and Executive Chef, KYOTO KITCHO

· Nobuhide Tani, Executive Chef Sommelier, Hotel New Otani

Results of the May 13, 2017, “1976 Judgment of Paris” Reenactment in Tokyo

1st 1969 Freemark Abbey

2nd 1971 Mayacamas

3rd 1970 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

4th 1971 Ridge

5th 1970 Chateau Montrose

6th 1970 Chateau Haut Brion

7th 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

8th 1972 Clos du Val

9th 1970 Heitz Cellars

10th 1971 Chateau Leoville Las Cases

California wine takes first place again!

(photo of 1980 Freemark Abbey)

Despite not being touted as a contest, we waited excitedly for the results. And sure enough, California won again!

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