We asked the judges in this week’s Ningxia vs Bordeaux Challenge to rank ten wines from first to last in terms of quality (see results here). But as in the Grape Wall Challenge, we also asked them how much they liked or disliked each wine.
The judges had four options: â€œlove itâ€, â€œlike itâ€, â€œdon’t like itâ€ or â€œhate itâ€. This methodology seems to bother some wine industry people but I don’t care. As a consumer, I wanted to know the wines judges think are best made and the wines judges most enjoy.
More than half of the judges â€œlikedâ€ or â€œlovedâ€ the following wines (out of nine votes as one judge did not fill in this part):
8 votes: Silver Heights The Summit 2009 / 3 loves, 5 likes
8 votes: Helan Qing Xue Jia Bei Lan 2009 / 2 loves, 6 likes
7 votes: Grace Vineyard Chairman’s Reserve 2009 / 3 loves, 4 likes
7 votes: Silver Heights Family Reserve 2009 / 7 likes
6 votes: Grace Vineyard Deep Blue 2009 / 3 loves, 3 likes
5 votes: Barons de Rothschild Saga Medoc 2009Â / 1 love, 4 likes
5 votes: Cordier Prestige Rouge 2008 / 5 likes
Kressmann Grande RÃ©serve St-Ã‰milion AOC 2008 and Mouton Cadet Reserve Medoc 2009 each received one â€œloveâ€.
For even more love, here are some of the more positive comments on each wine. I have put the wines in order of pouring.
Kressmann Grande RÃ©serve St-Ã‰milion AOC 2008
â€œA classic Cab. Fruityâ€, â€œSimple Bordeaux style with touch of oakâ€, â€œFruit, fresh acidity, medium body, long finishâ€
Helan Qing Xue Jia Bei Lan Cabernet Dry Red 2009
â€œNice nose, nice tannins, good ‘woody’ tasteâ€, â€œRich fruits on the nose. Elegant. Licoriceâ€, â€œSpicy, full-bodied, finish is long and intensiveâ€, â€œMushroom. Chocolateâ€
Silver Heights Family Reserve 2009
â€œNice structure but high acidityâ€, â€œDeep ruby, full-bodied and powerful, medium lengthâ€, â€œTruffle. Violet. Strawberry cake. Plumâ€, â€œCooked vegetable. Nice acidity. A little smokyâ€
Grace Vineyard Chairman’s Reserve 2009
â€œNice ‘wood’, good balance, fresh tasteâ€, â€œSpicy, full-bodied and balancedâ€, â€œDelicate, classic. Gooseberry aroma. Smooth with long lengthâ€, â€œNice noise, ripe fruit, with vegetal [character]. Very suppleâ€
Calvet Reserve De Lâ€™Estey Medoc 2009
â€œWell-done, balanced, with potential. Not too expressive at presentâ€, â€œNot big or complicated but balancedâ€, â€œSweeter tannin. Good fruit, long aftertaste.â€
Mouton Cadet Reserve Medoc 2009
â€œFruit, very well-balanced, nice finishâ€, â€œIncense and lavender. Nose is better than palateâ€, â€œDelicate smooth tanninsâ€
Cordier Prestige Rouge 2008
â€œSome expression of characterâ€, â€œThe best aroma. Weak in the middle but good skill behind the wineâ€, â€œTobacco, forest. A bit thinner and less structuredâ€
Silver Heights The Summit 2009
â€œNice fruit, good tanninsâ€, â€œBeautiful mouth feelâ€, â€œQuite oaky, with vanilla, spice, chocolate. Could stay longer in the barrelâ€, â€œCedar, smoky intense balsamic. Structured with a good finishâ€
Barons de Rothschild Saga Medoc 2009 (rmb350)
â€œThe most classic: fruity and balancedâ€, â€œElegant and fresh; long and balancedâ€, â€œRound fruit, high alcohol, oaky finishâ€
Grace Vineyard Deep Blue 2008
â€œFruity and lovely to drink now with meatâ€, â€œSpicy with fresh acidityâ€, â€œVery aromatic. Cherry and flowers with a hint of oakâ€, â€œComplex and old-fashionedâ€
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