The 2010 ‘world championship of wine’, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, has added further weight to evidence of a dramatic decline in cork-related wine faults. Of almost 7000 bottles opened at the prestigious event only one per cent were identified as being affected by 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA).
Staged in Palermo Sicily in April, the competition attracted wine samples from more than 50 countries and as in previous years event organisers conducted an analysis of wine faults. Of the thousands of wines tasted the panel of about 270 international judges rejected 120 samples. From this batch 68 were identified as being affected by TCA, commonly referred to as cork taint.
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