Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013 – the results are out!
Full results of the 2013 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles are available at: http://www.concoursmondial.com/en/results.html
The results of the 2013 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles have just been released. Once again, the competition has revealed critical insight into the latest trends within the world of wine, providing a snapshot of the global industry that is updated annually.
A total 8,200 wines from 50 producer countries competed in Bratislava (Slovakia) on May 10, 11 and 12, before a hand-picked selection of the world’s foremost tasters. Sommeliers, wine buyers, importers, journalists and wine writers – in all 305 wine tasters representing 40 nationalities – gathered for 3 days to judge this year’s entries. The diverse range both of entries and backgrounds of the tasters themselves is one of the archetypal features of a competition that in just a few years has emerged as a world wine and spirits ‘tasting championship’.
To provide consumers with a reliable buying cue, a total 2,408 medals were awarded this year and preliminary results indicate that France retains its leadership position with 709 medals, followed closely by Spain (524 medals), Portugal (288 medals), Italy (276), Chile (109), Slovakia (60), Australia (47), Switzerland (45) and South Africa (40). Slovakia made significant strides in 2013 both in terms of entries (214) and medals (60).
As is customary, less than 1 percent of the 8,200 entries were awarded a Grand Gold Medal. As usual, Spain leads the way in this prestigious category with 24 of the highly coveted medals (followed by France with 18 medals and Portugal with 9). Entries achieving this ultimate gratification include five wines awarded the ‘Best Wine Trophy’ for the highest score in their category:
The 21st Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will take place on May 9, 10 and 11, 2014 in Brussels. The competition thus goes back to its roots to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the Belgian capital.
Award-winning wines promoted at Vinexpo, in Brussels and Hong Kong
Promoting award-winning wines is once again of paramount importance to the Concours Mondial du Bruxelles. A tasting due to be held on Monday June 17, 2013 during celebrated Bordeaux wine show Vinexpo will showcase award-winning wines from this year’s Slovakian event. Similarly, once again, a dedicated stand will await them at Benelux wine and spirits show Megavino which runs from October 18 to 21 in Brussels. And last but not least, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and its award-winning wines will take part in one of Asia’s most prominent wine and spirits events, the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair on November 7, 8 and 9, 2013 as part of a partnership arrangement.
New for 2013: ‘Spirits Selection’ flying high…all the way to Asia
Held concurrently with the wine tastings at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles for the last thirteen years, the competition’s spirits section will be held on June 7, 8 and 9, 2013 in Taiwan’s second-largest city and one of Asia’s biggest ports: Kaohsiung. By taking the competition overseas, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles not only wants to showcase award-winning spirits in a prime emerging market, but also to set its sights on the Asian continent, a high growth market for spirits.
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