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The 16th edition of the Inter-Business School Alumni Blind Wine-Tasting match took place on the 12th November 2015 at Artemis Fund Managers’ beautiful offices on St James’s Street, London. Champagne Pol Roger and Artemis have a longstanding relationship, dating back to our co-sponsorship of the Artemis Offshore Academy, a UK training programme of excellence for British short-handed sailors, providing a structure to bring talented sailors up through the ranks.

10 teams of 5 gathered from Harvard Business School, London Business School, Insead and Wharton and each approached the match with similar verve and a desire to win. We had selected 8 wines for the match, 4 whites followed by 4 reds. For each wine, 5 multiple choice questions were asked as follows:

  1. Variety
  2. Country
  3. Region
  4. Sub-district
  5. Vintage

The selection proved to be a challenging mix of ‘bankers’ and ‘wild cards’. One such example was wine number 4 from producer Constantia Glen, which was unmistakeably a Sauvignon Blanc, and every single team scored a point for this question, however  not one team recognised that it was from South Africa.

At the end of the match, there was just one point separating the runners up, Harvard Business School, from the winners, Insead, who emerged victorious with an impressive 26 points and were suitably rewarded with a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006.

All competitors celebrated their efforts with a Pol Roger reception and we look forward to a repeat match in 2016!

The Wines

White Wines

  1. Von Winning, Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad, Riesling, Pfalz, Germany, 2013
  2. Maison Joseph Drouhin, Reserve de Vaudon, Chablis, France, 2013
  3. Nec Otium (Berry Bros & Rudd own label) Pinot Grigio, delle Venezie, Friuli, Italy, 2014
  4. Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia Wine Valley, Cape Valley, South Africa, 2014

Red Wines

  1. Pulenta Estate, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2010
  2. Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2011
  3. Robert Sinskey Vineyards Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, Napa, California, USA, 2011
  4. Volandera Grenache, La Calandria, Navarra, Spain, 2013