Le Champion: France tops medal chart at the International Wine Challenge for 31st year running
1215 French wines receive medals at the International Wine Challenge 2014
France has once again fought off international competition to come top of the International Wine Challenge 2014 medals table, cementing its position as the global wine making champion. 113 French wines were awarded Gold medals by the prestigious wine competition, 38 more Golds than its closest rival Australia.
- The International Wine Challenge 2014 also awarded 398 French Silver medals, and 704 picked up a very respectable Bronze medal, bringing the total medal count to 1215 – 325 more medals than any other country
- 19 varietals picked up top prizes at prestigious wine competition
- Traditional favourites Chardonnay and Pinot Noir performed very well, and the IWC also awarded Gold medals to less well-known varieties such as Marsanne, Jacquère, Roussanne and Gros Manseng
- France also reaffirmed its position as world champion of quality sparkling wine, with 40 Gold medal champagnes. The Champagne region in North-East France produced more Gold medal winners than any other region in the world
- Four vintage champagnes from prestigious champagne house Charles Heidsieck were awarded Gold medals, including its 1995 Blanc des Millénaires, which was the oldest French wine to win Gold
- Bouvet Trésor Blanc Saumur Brut 2009 from Loire vineyard Bouvet Ladubay was the only French sparkling wine to win Gold which was not grown in the Champagne region.
- 39 Gold medal winners were grown in the Burgundy region, including ten wines from Domaine de la Vougeraie. This family run vineyard received Gold medals for two of its 2011 whites (Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru and Vougeot 1er cru le Clos Blanc de Vougeot) and eight 2012 reds, including Bonnes Mares Grand Cru and Nuits St Georges 1er cru Clos de Thorey
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“Yet again French wines have wowed our International Wine Challenge judges, and France has truly earned its reputation as the world champion of wine making. From exquisite champagnes to stunning red Burgundies, the quality across all styles touched on the sublime. Everyone expects France to perform well, but the standard of some French wines at this year’s competition has been truly magnificent. French winemakers are internationally regarded as the finest in the world and no one is stealing their crown just yet.”
“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”
“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: www.internationalwinechallenge.com