Vive La France: France remains in poll position for another year at the International Wine Challenge
Under embargo until 11am 17.05.17
France proved yet again that it is the global leader in wine production, after its winemakers were awarded an outstanding 1,376 medals at the International Wine Challenge 2017. In an unrivalled display of its nation’s talent for winemaking, France received 501 more medals than its closest rival Australia. 141 French wines were awarded Gold medals, while 532 picked up Silver medals and 703 were awarded Bronze.
- The world-famous Champagne region had an excellent year at the competition producing 54 Gold medal winners, four more than in 2016. The top three producers for the region, were Champagne Chanoine Frères, Champagne Henriot and Charles Heidsieck which each received three Gold medals.
- Charles Heidsieck’s first Gold medal was awarded to its 1995 Blanc des Millénaires, the oldest vintage Champagne to win Gold. A further two Gold medals were awarded to its Rosé Millésimé 2006 and its Brut Millésimé 2005.
- Chanoine Frères picked up a trio of Golds for its Champagne Tsarine Cuvée Premium Brut NV, its Cuvée Tsarine by Adriana Brut NV and its Tsarine Brut Rosé NV.
- Champagne Henriot received 3 Gold medals for its Rosé Millésimé 2008, Brut Millésimé 2006 and its Brut Souverain NV.
- Two Champagnes produced for UK supermarket Waitrose also received Gold medals at the competition. The Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NV and its Waitrose Special Reserve Vintage 2005 scored highly with the judges.
- Iconic winemaking region, Burgundy, was awarded 40 Gold medals across a range of styles including 19 white and 21 red wines. The top producer for the region was Maison Albert Bichot, receiving an impressive 12 Gold medals, 10 of which were awarded for its 2015 vintages.
- Burgundy producer Château de Santenay received six Gold medals, with five of those being awarded to its red wine entries. However, the vineyard also received Gold medals for both the red and the white Santenay 1er Cru “La Comme” 2015.
- Winemakers from the Languedoc Roussillon region earned 13 Gold medals. Cave de Roquebrun from Saint Chinian was awarded four Gold medals for its red wines, namely its Roches Noires 2015, La Grange des Combes 2016, Terrasses de Cabrio 2015 and Baron d’Aupenac 2012. Jacques Boscary and Les Domaines Paul Mas each won a pair of Gold medals also for the region.
- Six producers from the Rhone region in Southern France picked up Gold medals, with two producers Gabriel Meffre and Delas Frères receiving two Gold medals apiece. Gabriel Meffre struck Gold with its Sainte Catherine 2015 and Les Théores 2015, and Delas Frères earned its two Gold medals with its La Galopine Condrieu 2015 and its Domaine des Tourettes Hermitage 2014.
Tim Atkin MW, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“Once again France has shown it is the global leader in wine production. The quality and diversity displayed at this year’s competition is unrivalled. The vast number of top medals awarded this year is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its nation’s producers. World-class wines are being created all over France, and each year the quality is getting better and better.