Champagne Pol Roger hosted the 62nd annual Varsity Blind Wine-tasting match on Thursday 19th February 2015 at the Oxford and Cambridge Club. As is customary for this prestigious match, competition was fierce; both teams had trained rigorously in preparation for what is always a closely fought contest.
This year, for the first time, we invited a guest team to compete from The Spectator, and they were quick to realise that this is no light-hearted parlour game, but a very serious discipline, which requires committed training in order to be successful. Needless to say they emerged from the match with a newfound sense of admiration for the Varsity competitors!
Cassidy Dart, Associate Director at Pol Roger Portfolio, had carefully chosen the 12 competition wines to be served ‘blind’; 6 whites followed by 6 reds. The whites proved more easily identifiable, with both Oxford and Cambridge achieving their highest scores in the first round, with a number of ‘bankers’ including a Bernard Defaix 2013 Chablis and George Breuer Trocken Riesling 2012. The reds proved more challenging, a Pietredolce Etna Rosso DOC 2013 from Sicily was particularly perplexing to even the most finely tuned of palates.
Judges Jasper Morris MW and Hugh Johnson OBE were tasked with marking every paper; not an easy task, particularly when faced with illegible hand writing!
It soon became clear that one team had raced ahead from the other, outstripping their rivals by over 150 points. Having lost the match in 2014, Oxford was back with vengeance, and emerged victorious with a total of 773 points. Particular congratulations go to their team captain, Swii Yii Lim, and Yee Chuin Lim, the joint top tasters, who were rewarded with a bottle of Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2000, and will enjoy a trip to Maison Pol Roger with the rest of the Oxford team later in the year.
We are already looking forward to the rematch next year.

Oxford winning team 2015
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