Cabernet Sauvignon Challenge

April 9, 2004



We had a competition for the best cabernet sauvignon or carbernet-based blend (Bordeaux type) wines from all over the world.  Entry wines was selected by our members as below;
A. Chile - Isshiki
B. Bordeaux - Mackenzie
C. Southern France - Uchiyama
D. Australia - Twyman
E Australia - Miyamoto
F. Bordeaux - Okuyama
G. California - Cozy
H. South Africa - Whelehan
I. Argentina - Whelehan

The winner was Bordeaux, Ch. Lagrange, the second was South Africa, and the third was Australia. Southern France was low in rank because one bottle was claimed Corked. The other Bordeau was ranked 9th and this was also claimed Corked and it was Magnum.
Thank you very much to the members who brought these wines in. It was great.

The rule of competition;

(1)One person can choose and enter what he or she thinks the best carbernet sauvignon wine or cabernet sauvignon based blend wine (Bordeaux type wine) into the compeition;
(2)The budget is 5,500 yen per bottle or 11,000 yen for two bottles, including tax and shipping;
(3) You have to buy wines for this competition from a store (Internet or otherwise) in Japan;
(4) It is not allowed to use wine you bought 10 years ago and kept in your cellar. 
(5) The reagions selected for this competition are as follows: Bordeaux I + II (two different wines), Southern France, Italy, California I + II (two different wines), Chile, Australia, and Argentina.


No Wine Year Grape Region Yen Shop Rank 1s 2s Ls
A Concha Y Toro, Don Melchor 1999 93%CS, 7%CF Chile 5,224 Cave-de-Relax 4 1 5 0
B Clos du Marquis, Ch. Leoville Las Cases 2nd label 1998 65%CS, 19% Merlot, 13%CF, 3%PetitVerdot St. Julian, Bordeaux Magnum Y11,500 Tokyu Toyoko 9 0 0 10
C Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 1999 80%CS Southern France 3,200   8 1 0 2
D Howard Park Scotsdale 2001 100%CS Western Australia 3,129 Village Cellars 5 1 3 1
E Penfolds Bin 407 1999 100%CS Australia 3,180 Yomo 3 2 3 0
F Ch. Lagrange 2000 65%CS, Merlot 28%, 7%Petit Verdot St. Julian, Bordeaux 5,500 Yomo 1 5 1 0
G "The French Connection" EOS Estate Winery 2000 52%CS, 30% CF, 18%Merlot Paso Robles, California 3,100 Tokyu Department Store (Honten) 7 2 0 2
H Veenwouden Classic 2000 50%CS, 35% Merlot, 10%CF, 5%Malbec South Africa 5,500 Pieroth 2 3 4 1
I PASCUAL TOSO Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina (88pts Winespectator) 2002 100%CS Argentina 2,000 Pieroth 6 2 1 1

Rank: 1=Most Prefered, 9=Worst,
1s:No of attendee prefered best,
2s: No of attendee chose second best,
Ls:No of atendee ranked worst

Dishes for tonight

Place: at the restaurent Bon Chere, Shampia Hotel Akasaka


Terrine Asparagus


Smoked Tuna Carpaccio


Fresh Onion soup


Flounder wrapped in mousse with Bamboo shoot and Scallops
舌ヒラメの筍と帆立のムース包み 春のグリーンソース


Wiener Schnitzel


Bamboo Leaf icecream and Carameled mousse, Espresso source
笹のアイスクリームとカラメルムース エスプレッソソースと共に

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