From total 2259 tasted wines out of 21 countries 694 wines got a diploma. Five wines had more than 93 points and got a great gold medal. With more than 89 points 233 wines (10.3%) got a gold medal. 456 wines got a silver medal. Only 30% oft h all the wines get a medal within a contest supervised by the international union of winemakers. For a silver medal each wine had to have in Zurich at least 86.8 points.
Since many years I’m judging at different international wine competitions. That’s interesting and those blind tastings are useful for the training of my nose and palate.
On this year Mundus Vini competition, the most important contest with more than 6000 samples, something happened which I never saw before! We had many wines with medal’s, not because we where not critical enough, no, the wines where just so good! In the last flight of sparkling wines (probably vintage Champagne) we had 7 wines with a Grand Gold Medal, which means 95 or more points. In international juries it’s normal to have the wines differently scored, but we had 2 sparkling wines where all the 7 members of the jury voted for Grand Gold. I had personally one sparkling with 100 points. Something not very often happened during my almost 30 years as wine professional .
Normal I prefer well stocked cigars. When I had my first Montecristo Open Eagle, since 2009 on the market, I was really surprised. The Eagle Format is 21cm long and 1.5cm wide like a Robusto. The cigar was perfectly rolled and very velvety and mild to smoke right from the beginning until to the end. At the beginning mild hey flavours and a little bit of spices. The second half was spicier, full bodied but still nice and very equal burning. A realy good Cuban cigar for beginners or for aficionados before dinner.
During a tasting of a half, a bottle and a magnum of Château d‘Escurac 1998 I could clearly see the difference from the bottle size on the aging process. All the bottles where stored the last then years at ideal conditions at the same place.
The half bottle was ripe with lots of chocolate, coffee and a bit of plum on the nose. The tannins where fine and silky. The wine is ready to drink and has a potential of 1 to 2 years.
The bottle had less of the aging flavors but more fruity components. The tannins where ripe but clearly present. Aging potential 2 – 4 years
The magnum was still young and fresh with more vanilla and fruit flavors. The tannins where still very present. This bottle has an aging potential from 5 to 7 years
The 7th January 2010 the analyst from CS Credit Suisse announced there prognose about a negative growth of private consumption in Switzerland for 2010. There arguments, more unemployment and less immigration.
I think like in USA or GB the privat consumption will still stay strong. Consumer say in difficult times: I like to spend some money and do me something good