Experts Assess Fine Wines - "Judgment of Montreal" Adds New Chapter to Famed Tasting

    MONTREAL, May 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Thirty-three years after the "Judgment of
Paris," the famous tasting that revolutionized the reputation of New World
wines, a group of Quebec specialists has added a new chapter to the story. The
Paris event, at which California wines bested their French counterparts, had
such an enduring impact in the wine world that a feature film, Bottle Shock,
was made about it last year.
    In a blind tasting organized in Montreal by Cellier magazine and based
broadly on the Judgment of Paris, the judges put the French wines back on top
among the red wines sampled. They also proclaimed a wine from Ontario's
Niagara region to be the finest among the whites - a first since the 1976
    The "Judgment of Montreal" is highly significant because while the
Judgment of Paris has been recreated many times around the world, the results
have always been fairly similar to the original event. "The Montreal tasting
was conducted according to the customary rules and nothing was overlooked,"
said Cellier Editor-in-Chief Marc Chapleau, who also oversees all tastings for
the magazine.

    Canadian Wine in Top Spot

    The 10 judges at the Cellier tasting assessed 16 red and 14 white wines.
A 2004 Château Mouton Rothschild, a Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classé, took
top honours among the red wines. Among the whites, Clos Jordanne's 2005
Claystone Terrace Chardonnay, an "outsider" wine that was included unbeknownst
to the panel, beat out all the wines from France and the United States.
    The Summer 2009 Cellier has detailed coverage of the Montreal tasting by
some of the most discerning palates in the province.

    Launched in 2006, Cellier is published four times a year by
Transcontinental Media on behalf of the SAQ and has a circulation of 90,000.
Its exceptional quality was most recently recognized by the Association
québécoise des éditeurs de magazines, which included Cellier as a finalist for
its 2009 Magazine of the Year award.

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For further information: Marc Chapleau, Editor-in-Chief, (514) 722-2181,

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