France dominates at The International Wine Challenge 2018
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France has excelled once again at The International Wine Challenge 2018 being awarded 1,331 medals overall, reinforcing its formidable reputation on the global wine stage.
With 54 other countries from around the world entering an array of wines, France has continued to set precedent, repeating its form of previous years by winning more medals than any other country, including a remarkable 128 Gold medals, 556 Silver and 647 Bronze.
47 Golds for Champagne
Once again it was the iconic Champagne region which dominated for France picking up almost a third of its Golds with an outstanding 47 medals. In terms of producer success, Champagne Henriot led the way with five Gold medals while Charles Heidsieck and Les Domaines Jeeper won four apiece. The Moët & Chandon MCIII received 98 points. This retails at an eye-watering £860 per bottle.
Burgundy maintains excellence with 41 gold medals
Burgundy also showed real finesse this year as producers from across the region picked up 41 Gold awards. It picked up 26 Gold medals for white and 15 for red. William Fevrewas award a total of seven Golds for its Chablis. Domaine du Château de Meursault and Maison Albert Bichot attained six Golds each. Maison Albert Bichot achieved an exceptional 98 points for its Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Cuvée Madeleine Collignon – Hospices de Beaune 2016.
Rosé Gold for Provence
Provence, comfortably the largest rosé-producing area in the world, certainly delivered at IWC 2018 with Golds for three Rosés. This trio of Gold winning rosé wines included Château Coussin 2017; Gassier Baron Gassier Cuvée Elegance 2017; and Domaines Fabre Château Saint Honoré 2017.
Languedoc Roussillon fortifies its reputation
Languedoc Roussillon upheld its reputation as a superb producer of reds, with red wines winning nine of its ten Golds. It also produced Gold for a fortified white with a Gold medal for Vignobles Dom Brial Rivesaltes Grand Reserve 1969 which scored an impressive 96 points.
Brilliance from Bordeaux
Bordeaux also added six Gold medals to France’s Gold medal count with three whites, two Merlot-based blends, and a single sweet: Château de Myrat Sauternes Grand Cru Classe 2013.
Gold from Alsace
The Alsace region added 11 Gold medals to the French tally. The region’s capability for producing a diverse range of varietals was best displayed by Wolfberger which won three Gold medals with three different grapes: Pinot Gris Grand Cru Eichberg 2016; Gewurztraminer Vieilles Vignes 2017; and Riesling Grand Cru Eichberg 2016.
The best of the rest of France
Beaujolais scored four Golds for reds, each from a different crus: Moulin-à-Vent, Juliénas, Morgon and Saint-Amour.
The Loire produced three Golds: Bouchié Chatellier Pouilly Fumé Premier Millésimé 2017; J de Villebois Sancerre Les Silex 2014; and Château De Tracy Pouilly Fumé, 2016 which scored 96 points.
Finally, the Northern Rhône was awarded two Golds: Cave Saint Desirat Coeur de Rochevine 2015 and Delas Frères Domaine des Tourettes Hermitage 2015
Charles Metcalfe, Co-chair at International Wine Challenge commented,
“It’s no secret that France is one of the world’s most prestigious winemaking countries and at IWC 2018 it was a great privilege to sample some of the best of the best. This year’s competition showed once again why the rest of the world look to France for its winemaking practices as well as styles. Huge congratulations! And no real surprise either at another set of exemplary results.”