Brochet's experiment or sommelier joke

"Sommelier training takes place in special sommelier schools, where, in addition to theoretical knowledge about the history of wine and wine-making regions, future sommeliers learn to decompose wine aromas into components and interpret the resulting bouquets. As a result, a professional sommelier by wine aromas is able to determine the quality of the drink, the variety grapes, and sometimes the region of origin of the wine and its age. "


Once in Boston, a wine tasting was held, in which famous sommeliers from all over America took part. Wine tasting rules were very simple. Twenty-five of the best wines, for which the price should not exceed twelve dollars, were bought in a regular store in Boston. Later, a group of experts was formed to evaluate red and white wines, who were supposed to blindly identify the best wine from the list.

As a result, the cheapest wine became the winner. This once again confirms that tasters and wine critics are a myth. According to the results of the analysis of the experts' answers, it was revealed that all the tasters chose the wine that they simply liked the most to their taste. So much for the "experts".

By the way, in 2001, Frederic Brochet from the University of Bordeaux, conducted two separate and very revealing experiments on the tasters. In the first test, Brochet invited 57 experts and asked them to describe their impressions of just two wines.

There were two glasses in front of the experts, with white and red wine. The trick was that there was no red wine, in fact it was the same white wine tinted with food coloring. But that didn't stop the experts from describing "red" wine in the language they usually use to describe red wines. One expert praised its “jamminess” and another even “felt” the “crushed red fruit”. Nobody noticed that it was actually white wine !!!

Brochet's second experiment turned out to be even more deadly for critics. He took a regular Bordeaux and filled it in two different bottles with different labels. One bottle was a grand cru, the other was ordinary table wine. Even though they actually drank the same wine, experts rated them differently. The Grand Cru was “pleasant, woody, complex, balanced and enveloping” and the dining room was, according to experts, “weak, tasteless, unsaturated, simple”. At the same time, the majority did not even recommend “table” wine for consumption.

Experts, they are indicators of fashion and their taste is no different from the ordinary person's sense of taste. It's just that people want to listen to someone else's opinion, that's why there is an “expert”. The question arises: Are there "experts"? Or is it just the opinion of an authoritative person. In other words, we are different people, like different bottles of cheap wine, some people like it, some don't.