The Swiss wine journalist and wine critic
René Gabriel was born in 1957 in Canton Nidwalden. After finishing school, he completed an apprenticeship as a chef at the Hotel Gütsch in Bern. In addition to his main job as a chef, he also toured for a time with his music band through the country. In 1986, he took over the Hotel Kreuz in Sempach in the canton of Lucerne, presenting the most famous Swiss with more than 1,000 entries wine list
, There, the Mövenpick founder Ueli Prager became aware of him and hired him in 1990 as a purchasing manager. At the same time he worked at the ADV (Acádemie du Vin), where he organized specialized courses and trips for private wine lovers.
in 1992 he founded the successful newsletter Weinwisser
, In 2006, he transformed his highly successful work at Mövenpick into a consultancy. In the same year he founded the event and travel company "Weingabriel GmbH" and since then also partner of the Auction house
"Weinbörse". Gabriel is often engaged as a presenter of wine events and is widely known and loved by his many TV appearances and radio interviews, because he can convey his great knowledge informative and entertaining. He is one of the most influential today wine critics
in German-speaking countries. In 1997 Gabriel became the Stonefeather Price
awarded for wine journalism.
Gabriel is especially regarded as a Bordeaux specialist and has in 20 years more than 30,000 wines from the Bordeaux
tasted. He explained the famous Bordeaux Classification
of the year 1855 for obsolete and developed its own rank. Gabriel uses for his wine reviews
the 20-point system. For the Château d'Yquem
In 1937 he even forgave 21 points and called him "over wine". Every year, up to 1,000 different Bordeaux from the latest vintage are tasted as barrel samples. After two years they are tasted again from the bottle and in the following years again and again at various events. He not only assesses the current vintage, but also deals with the evolution of style and quality of the individual châteaux over the past decades, with the maturity potential of their wines and their wines terroir
apart over the centuries.
From these innumerable descriptions of wines, five editions of his standard work "Bordeaux Total" have been created to this day. In the last issue, published in 2004, wines from the period 1994 to 2003 are rated on more than 700 pages. The book mentions more than 1,000 châteaux and cellars with more than 20,000 Bordeaux wines. 400 châteaux are rated in about 10,000 tasting notes. Only those who consistently produced top quality in the last ten years came in the five-tier rating à la the Bordeaux classification. This succeeded 138 wineries, including 17 premiers, 18 Deuxièmes, 21 Troisièmes, 35 Quatrièmes and 47 Cinquièmes Crus. There is also a Pocket edition of "Bordeaux Total", which contains almost 300 pages of the most important data. See also below wine review
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