Making the Winning Chardonnay

From the very beginning, we set out to produce world-class wines. Thousands of decisions are involved - from the vineyard to the bottle.

Behind the Scenes

Judges and Scores

On May 24, 1976 in Paris, France, one of the most prestigious and formidable groups of wine tasters in the world held a blind tasting of Chardonnay and White Burgundy wines.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
Vintage Wine Place Total Points 1st place votes
1973 Chateau Montelena 1st 132 6
1973 Meursault-Charmes (Roulot) 2nd 125.5 0
1974 Chalone Vineyards 3rd 121 3
1973 Spring Mountain 4th 104 0
1973 Beaune-Clos des Mouches (Drouhin) 5th 101 0
1972 Freemark Abbey 6th 100 0
1973 Bâtard-Montrachet
(Ramonet-Prudhon)
7th 94 0
1972 Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru
"Les Pucelles" (Dom. Leflaive)
8th 89 0
1972 Veedercrest 9th 88 0
1973 David Bruce 10th 42 0
THE TASTING PANEL

These were the tasters and their scores* for Chateau Montelena

Taster Place Points
Mr. Claude Dubois-Millot -
Directeur Commercial "Le Nouveau Guide"
1st 18.5
Mr. Aubert de Villaine -
Co-Gérant, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
1st 18
Mr. Raymond Oliver -
"Le Grand Véfour"
1st 17
Mr. Jean-Claude Vrinat -
"Taillevent"
1st 17
Mr. Christian Vanneque -
Chef Sommelier, "La Tour d'Argent"
1st 16.5
Mrs. Odette Kahn -
Directrice, Revue du Vin de France
1st 16.5
Mr. Pierre Tari - Château Giscours, Secrétaire
Général, Syndicat des Grands Crus Classés
2nd 14
Mr. Pierre Brejoux - Inspecteur Général,
Institut National des Appellations d'Origine
4th 10
Mr. Michel Dovaz -
Institut Oenologique de France
7th 3

*Scoring was based on 20 point maximum