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The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 35th year. The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended awards

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International Wine Challenge

Le Gold Rush: France demonstrates dominance by topping medal chart at International Wine Challenge

EMBARGOED UNTIL 11:00 02/12/14

Results of IWC 2015 Tranche One announced, with France winning more medals than any other country 

  • 277 French wines pick up Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at prestigious competition
  • Australia is hot on France’s heels winning equal number of Gold medals
  • Cooperative wine producer Cave de Roquebrun awarded four Gold medals

France topped the medal chart at Tranche One of the International Wine Challenge 2015. A total of 277 French wines won awards. However, in a competition first, Australia closed the gap on France winning an equal number of Gold medals, 26 in all. France clocked up the highest number of Silver and Bronze medals, with 89 and 162 respectively.

  • Seven Champagnes received Gold medals, with three being awarded to prestigious Champagne house Veuve Clicquot. Its La Grande Dame 2004, Cave Privée 1989, and its Vintage Rosé Cave Privée 1990 all struck Gold during Tranche One of the competition.
  • An entry produced by Union Champagne exclusively for UK retailer Tesco was also awarded a Gold medal. This Tesco finest* Vintage Grand Cru Champagne 2007 is available nationwide, and retails at just £24.99.
  • Tesco finest* Sancerre 2013 created by French vineyard Fournier Pere et Fils also picked up a Gold medal at the competition.
  • Marks & Spencer Château de Chamboureau Savennières 2009 received a Gold medal, as did Morrisons Signature Chablis 1er Cru 2012, made for the retailer by Blason de Bourgogne.
  • Cooperative wine producer Cave de Roquebrun was awarded four Gold medals by the IWC judges, dispelling the myth that co-operatives only produce average quality wines. The company’s Les Fiefs d’Aupenac 2012, Eclats de Schistes 2012, La Grange des Combes 2012 and its Chemin des Olivettes 2013 all received the highest accolade at this round of the competition.
  • This year is the second year the International Wine Challenge has split its competition into two separate tastings to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers greater flexibility over when to enter their wines.
  • Tranche One of the IWC 2015 competition was held last month, and Tranche Two will be hosted in April 2015, with the results being announced in May.
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Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“Australia may be hot on its heels, but they haven’t quite taken France’s crown yet. At this round of the competition we tasted some brilliant French wines; phenomenal Champagnes, subtle whites and rich and complex reds. Cave de Roquebrun had a fantastic result during this round of the competition, showing that co-operatives are capable of making world class wines.”

“The reaction from winemakers and consumers to the new, improved competition process was overwhelmingly positive. By hosting two separate tastings, winemakers can enter their wines when they are ready to be tasted, giving them the greatest chance of success. Not only is this good news for producers, it is also great news for shoppers who can get their hands on a medal winning wine when it really is ready to pour.”

“IWC medal stickers are there to help shoppers navigate the sometimes confusing world of wine. If they spot a medal sticker on the bottle, they can buy with confidence, knowing it has been tasted by the best wine judges in the world.”

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