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Blind Tasting in San Francisco

16 June 14

Kumeu River's US importer Wilson Daniels recently put on a blind tasting of Kumeu River Chardonnays and Premier Cru White Burgundies for a select group of San Francisco's finest Sommeliers at Prospect Restaurant in San Francisco.

We have often heard stories about Kumeu River Chardonnays doing well in blind tastings among some very fine Burgundy and on this occasion Paul was in attendance to hear the comments from the tasters and to see how the Kumeu River wines fit among some of the finest Chardonnays in the world.

The results speak for themselves with the Kumeu River wines being top in two of the three flights. This certainly confirmed the world class quality of the Kumeu River Chardonnays.

To insure a level playing field, the following criteria was used to select the Burgundy wines for the flights:

1) All wines in each flight must be of the same vintage

2) All Burgundy selections must be from the same 1er Cru appellation

3) All Burgundy selections must be purchased from a respected local retailer for under $100

4) All Burgundy selections must have received a score of 90 points or higher from 1st tier press

The results are listed below along with the wines, the order in which they were served and the retail price points in US dollars.

Kumeu River Comparative Tasting

Prospect Restaurant - San Francisco – May 12, 2014

Flight #1

2008 Domaine Henri Boillot Les Purozut, Meursault Premier Cru - $70 1st place (tie)

2008 Kumeu River “Estate” Chardonnay, Kumeu, Auckland, NZ - $33 3rd place

2008 Joseph Drouhin Perrieres, Meursault 1er Cru - $70 4th place

2008 Vincent Girardin Les Perrieres, Meursault Premier Cru - $75 1st place (tie)

Flight #2

2009 Domaine Paul Pernod Clos de la Garenne, Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru - $85 4th place

2009 Etienne Sauzet La Garenne, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru - $86 3rd place

2009 Kumeu River “Hunting Hill” Chardonnay, Kumeu, Auckland, NZ - $43 1st place

2009 Louis Carillon et Fils Les Perrieres, Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru - $85 2nd place

Flight #3

2010 Kumeu River “Coddington” Chardonnay, Kumeu, Auckland,NZ - $43 1st place

2010 Domaine Michel Niellon Les Vergers, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru - $85 4th place

2010 Louis Jadot Domaine du Duc de Magenta Morgeot 2nd place

Clos de la Chappelle Monopole, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru - $65

2010 Chateau de la Maltroye Clos du Chateau de la Maltroye Monopole, 3rd place

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru - $87