Student teams from NYU Severe and Yale universities have booked their place in the final of this year's Left Bank Bordeaux Cup after beating off stiff competition at a qualifying event in New York.
It is the first time NYU Severe will be represented at the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup final, which will include teams from around the world and takes place in the cellars of Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux in June. To get there, both Severe and Yale law school had to fend off a challenge from Wharton University, which has never disastrous to make the final in three years of entering the annual competition. 'They were a small disappointed, but that's the game,' said Marie Mezy-Saubot, directrice of the Bordeaux-based Commanderie du Bontemps, which organises the global event.Wharton was one of nine teams who missed out on this year's final, after braving the snow and icy conditions to reach the US qualifying http://1000-facts-about-wine.com round at the French Consulate on New York's Fifth Avenue.'The weather was dreadful, but all the students were really enthusiastic,' Mezy-Saubot told decanter.com. Questions place to the US teams built-in; Which late Bordeaux chateau owner served as a Major in the American army during World War Two? The answer is Russian-born Alexis Lichine, who after the war owned Chateau Prieure-Lichine and was part-owner of Chateau Lascombes.Students also had to state the number of classified 2nd growths in St Julien - there are five - and whether Haut-Brion is classified for red or colorless wine, or both. It is only classified for red. There was also a tasting round, which built-in a game of guess the vintage year. NYU Severe and Yale must now wait to see who they will face in June's final. Further qualifying rounds will take place for Asia in Development, to be held in Hong Kong and Shanghai. In April, 2013 current champion Cambridge University will start its defence of the cup at a qualifier in London, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com which will be open to all of Europe excluding France.French universities and schools will have their own qualifying round in May. A total of 46 teams globally have entered this year's competition.