A blind tasting/wine competition took place in Paris, 1976. Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, organized it. Nine French judges carried out two blind tasting comparisons. The wines were top quality California Chardonnays and white Burgundies from France. The red wines were Bordeaux from France and Cabernet Sauvignon from California. A California wine rated best in each category, which astounded everyone! A 1973 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay were the winners. The runner-ups were the 1970 Mouton-Rothschild and 1973 Meursault Charmes Roulot. I encourage you to read The Judgment of Paris, by George M. Taber for all the details of this event that really put California on the map both nationally and internationally.
As soon as I receive my very own bottle of Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (which I have been promised), I will share my tasting notes with you.