Grand Cru Wine Challenge Results; Montes Winery Ranks High Amongst World’s Best

TGIC Importers has some exciting news to share from their recent Grand Cru Wine Challenge.
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Elite sommeliers, wine press, and wine educators sat-down to a double blind tasting conducted by Anthony Dias Blue and The Tasting Panel Magazine at the Hotel Sofitel in Los Angeles on June 7. The red carpet was rolled out as “Icon” wines from around the world (California, Chile, France, Italy, and Australia) were poured, swirled and tasted double blind.

This was the first ever Grand Cru Challenge comparative tasting in which Montes wines were among the participants. Aurelio Montes, Founder/Winemaker of Montes Wines and Alex Guarachi, CEO and Founder of TGIC Importers, Montes US based importer, both agreed to submit the Montes M, and the Purple Angel for the Bordeaux tasting and Folly for the Rhone tasting. A total of 8 Bordeaux wines and 4 Rhone wines were poured and tasted.

The elite tasting panel ranked all the Bordeaux’s 1 through 8 and then ranked the Rhone wines 1 through 4.

The wines were score on a traditional 100 point scale.  A total of 156 review and score sheets were collected and then announced. The Bordeaux flight ultimately ranked Chateau Lafite Rothschild as #1, Montes M as #2 and Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia as #3, Montes Purple Angel as #4 and Opus One as #5.
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The Rhone flight showed equally well for Montes as Montes Folly took first place, Penfolds Grange ranked #2, Chapoutier Ermitage “L’Ermite” ranked #3, Bonacorssi Syrah Star Lane Vineyard ranked #4.

l-r Aurelio Montes,Melissa McAvoy, Alex Guarachi Grand Cru Challenge

TGIC was extremely happy with the results, and wanted to share this news with Eve Wine 101 readers!