World’s Best Sommelier Competition
This week is the 2016 World’s Best Sommelier Competition. This is the same competition that Andreas Larsson won in 2007. The winner will be crowned tomorrow Tuesday April 19th, and will only be the fifteenth person in the world with this title.
The competition not only tests the persons knowledge of wine with written and practical tests, but also how well they taste, describe a wine, blind recognition, language, wine lists as well as presenting and serving the wine. The process is incredibly rigorous and includes things like opening a magnum of Champagne, pour a precise equal amount into twelve glasses, carry the tray one-handed and serve, in less than five minutes and in front of a thousands of people.
Andreas studied for years and years to receive this title. Hours upon hours of tasting different regions, wine styles and practicing over and over. It is no wonder that he can now taste blind so efficiently and well. Andreas is still a member of the Association of Sommelier International and will be judging and representing at this year’s competition in Mendoza Argentina. Stay tuned to find out who is crowned with the title this year but for now enjoy some wines that Andreas has already judged well.
LA FIORITA 2010
Italy – Tuscany – Brunello Di Montalcino – Red
“I think this is a wine that really nicely combines that density of fruit, juicy sweet red fruit with plum, with cherry, with fine spices. We also have a good deal of extract here, giving weight and lift on the palate; but really, really grainy tannins, once again I will talk about chocolate powder tannin, cocoa powder. It certainly has a long finish.”
DOMAINE CHAMPY 2013
France – Burgundy – Corton Charlemagne – Grand Cru - White
“Quite complex there, a lot of layers. Good grip on the palate. Despite that quite yellow fruit character and the roasted hints, it’s classically bone dry, leaving the palate salivating, mouthwatering. Well preserved acidity. Nicely austere there, despite the wine’s quite opulent texture.”
WEINGUT REICHSGRAF VON KESSELSTATT – SCHARZHOFERBERGER 2014
Germany – Mosel – Großes Gewächs VDP – Riesling - White
“Beautiful purity on the taste as well. I really like that delicious, youthful yellow fruit. Mouth-watering acidity, almost with a salty minerality if you could say that. Mouth-watering. Fairly light in terms of body, but flavour intense. This one is balanced by a certain sweetness.”
PARUSSO – BUSSIA RISERVA 2006
Italy – Piedmont – Barolo - Red
“There’s plenty of grip in terms of extract and tannin; the tannins are rounded though, they’re finely polished, finely grained. Then I get layers of that sweet unctuous red berry fruit with that fine spiciness. Very coherent, it really starts out with that elegance and it finishes off with that elegance. A really pretty wine with a good deal of complexity.”
France – Languedoc/Roussillon – Coteaux du Languedoc – Carignan – Grenache – Mourvèdre – Syrah - Red
“I think this is a good example of a modern style which has high concentration, really ripe fruit, with lush new oak. It is really well assembled here, nothing stands out too much. Nice and lush mouthfeel of wine.”
DOMAINE DU MONT D’OR – 1ER DÉCEMBRE SÉLECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES 2011
Switzerland – Johannisberg du Valais - Sweet
“High complexity here, it’s still a quite youthful wine that will continue to develop easily for many many years; but I find this purity of fruit and that clean botrytis, and the absence of oak. Very long intense finish. Superb wine, really beautiful, to drink today or to keep in the cellar for many years.”
CLOS PUY ARNAUD – GRAND VIN 2012
France – Bordeaux – Castillon Cotes De Bordeaux – Red
“Very good bite here, silky fruit, juicy wild berry fruit, very grainy tannins, excellent freshness, finely tuned oak. Medium weight, a little bit more, but I think it’s really an emphasis on that juicy dark fruit. Very good persistence and purity. I really like this one.”