MW Exam 2017: the wines that featured

12th June, 2017 by Patrick Schmitt


1 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Vincent & Sébastien Chéreau. 2015. Loire, France (12%)

2 Savennières, Château d’Epiré. 2014. Loire, France (13.5%)

3 Pouilly Fumé, Les Griottes, Jean-Pierre Bailly. 2015. Loire, France (12.5%)

4 Pinot Gris, Charles Schleret. 2007. Alsace, France (14%)

5 Pinot Gris, Neudorf. 2015. Nelson, New Zealand (14%)

6 Soave Classico, Inama. 2016. Veneto, Italy (12%)

7 Roero Arneis, Cornarea. 2016. Piemonte, Italy (13.5%)

8 Muscat Réserve, Trimbach. 2014. Alsace, France (12.5%)

9 Albariño, Pazo de Villarei. 2015. Rias Baixas, Spain (12.5%)

10 Condrieu, Coteau de Vernon, Georges Vernay. 2014. Rhône, France (14%)

11 Meursault, 1er Cru Les Charmes Dessus, Château de Meursault. 2013. Burgundy, France 

12 Chablis, Vielles Vignes de Sainte Claire, Jean Marc Brocard. 2014. Burgundy, France (12.5%)


Wines 1-3 are all from the same country and region.

For each wine:

a) Identify the origin as closely as possible, with reference to the grape variety(ies) used. (3 x 11 marks)

b) Discuss the winemaking techniques used to arrive at this style. (3 x 8 marks)

c) Discuss the commercial potential. (3 x 6 marks)


Wines 4-5 are made from the same grape variety.

With reference to both wines:

a) Identify the grape variety. (16 marks)

For each wine:

b) Identify the origin as closely as possible. (2 x 6 marks)

c) Discuss the wine’s quality and maturity within the context of its origin. (2 x 6 marks)

d) What are the key winemaking techniques used in the wine’s production? (2 x 5 marks)


Wines 6-7 are from Italy and are made from different grape varieties.

For each wine: a) Identify the origin as closely as possible with reference to the grape variety used. (2 x 12 marks)

b) Discuss the wine’s style and quality; in which area of the trade would this wine be most successful? (2 x 13 marks)


Wines 8-10 are all from Europe and each is made from a different grape variety.

For each wine:

a) Identify the grape variety. (3 x 8 marks)

b) Identify the origin as closely as possible. (3 x 8 marks)

c) Consider how the winemaker has sought to retain the wine’s sense of place. (3 x 9 marks)


Wines 11-12 are made from the same grape variety.

For each wine: a) Identify the origin as closely as possible. (2 x 10 marks)

b) Identify the vintage and consider the capacity to improve in the bottle. (2 x 8 marks)

c) Discuss the method of production with particular reference to the use of oak. (2 x 7 marks)

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