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18 October 2013

Penfolds 2010 Yattarna Chardonnay wins 'Judgement of Montréal'

The third annual Le Jugement de Montréal (Judgement of Montréal), the high profile annual wine tasting with Quebec’s private import association, RASPIPAV, was held in Montréal last week and Penfolds 2010 Yattarna Chardonnay took top honors.

Wine judge, Jacques Orhon said, in reference to Australian wines, “The wines we tasted today had a subtle, refined and very well-crafted use of oak.”

The event, loosely based on the re-enactment of the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris wine tasting, involved 30 wines tasted by 14 judges, who are among the most influential industry professionals in Quebec.

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay was the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicized wine development projects ever conducted in Australia, with the intention of creating a white wine that could stand alongside the standards of Penfolds Grange.  

Kym Schroeter, Penfolds Senior White Winemaker, states the 2010 is “Benchmark Yattarna – wonderful flavor and length. A suitably modern Australian Chardonnay.”  

The top 10 Chardonnays were:
Australia: Penfold’s Yattarna Chardonnay 2010 (Tasmania/Adelaide Hills, South Australia)
Australia: Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009 (Margaret River, Western Australia)
Australia: Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2012 (Margaret River, Western Australia)
Australia: Bindi Quartz Chardonnay 2012 (Macedon Ranges, Victoria)
France: Santenay Les 3 Croix, J. Bambara, 2011
France: Puligny 1er cru Folatières, Génot-Boulanger, 2010
France: Chablis 1er cru Beauroy, D&A Dauvissat, 2011
Australia: Ngeringa Chardonnay 2009 (Adelaide Hills, South Australia)
France: Meursault ‘Clos des Meix Chavaux’, Vincent Latour, 2011
France: Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Pavelot,  2008

The judges were:
Guénaël Revel - educator, broadcaster, author of Guide Revel des Champagnes et des autres bulles
Marc Chapleau - wine writer and editor of SAQ Les Blogues des vins et spiritueux
Bill Zacharkiw - wine writer for the Gazette and various wine publications nationally
Nadia Fournier - wine writer, co-author of Le Guide du vin
Robert Plamondon - wine writer and blogger
Véronique Rivest - 2nd best sommelier in the world, Tokyo 2013
Élyse Lambert - best sommelier, Americas, 2009
Patrick Desy - wine writer for Le journal de Montréal
Yves Mailloux - wine writer for the Huffington Post
Jean Sébastien Delisle - wine writer, restaurateur, sommelier
Jean Aubry - wine writer for Le Devoir
Jacques Orhon - wine writer, educator, broadcaster