Christmas Quiz 2018

Congratulations to the winner of this year's Christmas Quiz, Philip Comer. He receives a case of Farr Vintners Pauillac 2014 with our compliments. He was the only person to score full marks - 50/50.

Commiserations to Joss Fowler, Charlie Matthews, Nathan Fynes, Christopher Harvey, Paul Felton, Alexander Dupont, Bruno Rovani and Philip Rowbottom. They all came very close.

The question that stumped most people was #34 - the correct answer being Clive Coates MW.


1 In October 2018 what wine became the most expensive ever sold at auction when it reached 558,000 US Dollars per bottle?
Romanée Conti 1945
2 In November 2018 who bought a bottle of Petrus 1982 in a London restaurant for £9000 but didn’t finish it?
Cristiano Ronaldo
3 Which was the first wine in space?
Lynch Bages or Buzz Aldrin's communion wine
4 What are 3 names for a bottle that is 3 times the size of a regular sized bottle?
Tregnum, Tappit Hen, Marie-Jeanne
5 Add the contents of a Methuselah to a Salmanazar and what biblical name do you get?
Nebuchadnezzar
6 Who painted the first Mouton Rothschild “artist’s label”?
Jean Carlu
7 What links Mouton Rothschild 1959, 1975 and 1982?
Labels by Americans
8 What is the relationship of the artist of the 2004 Mouton Rothschild label to the subject of the 1977 label?
Grandson
9 Which famous wine taster is now making sparkling wine in Dorset?
Steven Spurrier
10 Which famous wine taster launched their own wine glass in 2018?
Jancis Robinson
11 What is the Appellation of the only French wine sold by Farr Vintners that is not produced in Mainland France?
Patrimonio
12 What is the only wine currently listed by Farr Vintners to have a glass stopper instead of a cork?
Puech Haut Rosé (we will also accept decanters of Graham Ne Oublie 1882 and Amontillado Reliquia)
13 Which appellation is the only wine sold with a Farr Vintners label?
Pauillac
14 Which appellation is the Crystal Palace FC house wine – Eagle Red?
Bergerac
15 Which wine received the highest score at the latest “Southwold Group” ?
Mouton Rothschild 2014
16 Which Ridley Scott film stars Russell Crowe as a vineyard owner in France?
A Good Year
17 In April 1963 Ian Fleming wrote to Claude Taittinger thanking him for sending which vintage of Comte de Champagne Blanc de Blancs to James Bond?
1953
18 In the James Bond film Goldfinger which vintage of which Bordeaux Chateau does Bond drink?
Mouton Rothschild 1947
19 In the film “The Spy who Loved me” which Champagne does James Bond use as a weapon to hit the character “Jaws” on the head?
Dom Perignon
20 In the recent Batman vs Superman film, Batman (as Bruce Wayne) drinks which vintage of which First Growth Bordeaux?
45 Margaux
21 Which Bordeaux Chateau’s second wine used to be called Sillage?
Malartic Lagraviere
22 Which links these Bordeaux Chateaux - La Tour Haut Brion, Magdelaine, Tertre Daugay?
No longer exist
23 Which Burgundy Domaine was run from 1920 by Hippolyte then his son Jean-Marie and then his son Laurent until Rose-Marie took over in 2017?
Ponsot
24 Which two producers make wine from Cros Parantoux?
Emmanuel Rouget and Méo Camuzet
25 In what year did Domaine de la Romanée Conti amalgamate a neighbouring vineyard into La Tache? And what was the vineyard?
1933 Les Gaudichots (we will accept 1932 or 1934)
26 Which Domaine has the biggest holding of Montrachet?
Laguiche
27 Which Domaine has the biggest holding of Chevalier Montrachet?
Bouchard Père
28 Which Domaine has the biggest holding of Batard Montrachet?
Leflaive
29 Which Domaine leased a 2.8 hectare plot of which Grand Cru White Burgundy in 2018 from which other producer?
Corton Charlemagne. Leased by DRC from Bonneau du Martray
30 What’s the only wine from the Maconnais ever to receive 100 points in the Wine Advocate?
1990 Pouilly Fuissé Clos des Petits Croux, Guffens
31 Who, in 2018, was the 442nd person ever to pass the Master of Wine exam becoming the world’s youngest MW?
Thomas Parker
32 Who is the longest-serving Master of Wine?
David Burns
33 In what year did he pass the MW exam?
1956
34 Which MW used to be his son-in-law?
Clive Coates
35 Which MW who used to head Sotheby’s wine department passed the exam in 1958?
Patrick Grubb
36 Which MW who used to head Christie’s wine department passed the exam in 1960?
Michael Broadbent
37 Which MW who passed the exam in 1962 is married to which MW who passed it in 1976?
David Peppercorn and Serena Sutcliffe
38 Which MW who passed the exam in 1994 is married to which Bordeaux Chateau proprietor?
Fiona Morrison and Jacques Thienpont
39 Who was the first New Zealander to pass the MW exam and when?
Michael Brajkovich in 1989
40 Which former employer of Stephen Browett passed the MW exam in 1984 (the same year as Jancis Robinson) and resigned in 2003?
Remington Norman
41 The owner of which Bordeaux chateau bought an expensive Tart in 2018?
Francois Pinault of Chateau Latour
42 What is the name of Domaine JL Chave’s new single vineyard Saint Joseph?
Clos Florentin
43 What is the link between Domaines de Vallouit, Grippat and Bonserine?
All bought by Guigal
44 Following the purchase of the vines of Domaine Vidal-Fleury in 1984, which wine was first produced by the new owner in 1985?
Cote Rotie La Turque
45 Which Rhone Valley legend sadly died in July 2018?
Auguste Clape
46 Which British wine writer is part-owner of which famous Cornas vineyard and rents it to the former owner’s nephew? Name all 3 people and the vineyard
John Livingstone-Learmonth, Robert Michel, Vincent Paris. La Geynale
47 Which famous Northern Rhone family Domaine has recently been split into 2 separate producers by the brothers who own it?
Jamet
48 Which Rhône producer makes a wine that has a connection to a large shirt size?
Janasse – XXL
49 “Undoubtedly my favourite claret vintage” wrote Michael Broadbent. Which year?
1953
50 Which vintage of which wine did Michael Broadbent describe as being “like leather in silken sheets”?
Petrus 1975