Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2012 For the 3rd year running, Bordeaux celebrates Sauvignon Blanc
The third Concours Mondial du Sauvignon took place on March 16 and 17 at the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur growers’ organisation HQ in Bordeaux. The contest aims to promote wines made from the varietal and to increase public awareness of the comprehensive range of Sauvignon Blanc wines worldwide. The Concours Mondial du Sauvignon is more than just a competition between producers and appellations. It is primarily aimed at fostering dialogue and creating a meeting point for industry specialists. Producers, wine makers, sommeliers, distributors, journalists and opinion formers from all backgrounds - in all some fifty judges representing a dozen or so nationalities (France, Belgium, England, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Chile, New Zealand etc) evaluated the 666 wines entered. A total 22 producer countries entered their wines, including most notably, New Zealand, Chile, France, Spain and Italy though also Greece, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Rumania and Slovakia.
Increasing success and appeal
With entries up by almost 30 percent, this third contest further strengthens its legitimacy and is a harbinger of the promising future that lies ahead for a competition dedicated to an increasingly popular grape variety. A total 189 wines received an accolade with 61 gold medals and 124 silver medals awarded. The wines were grouped into consistent flights (by wine type, vintage and origin) and the highest-scoring entries were awarded a special trophy recognising the excellence of Sauvignon Blanc wines in their category:
In addition to two mornings of tastings, a conference was moderated on March 15 by British journalist David Cobbold. David described the archetypal characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards around the world: New Zealand, Loire Touraine, Centre-Loire, Bordeaux and Italy. His insight illustrated comments by original and serving competition patron Professor Denis Dubordieu for whom Sauvignon’s strong personality – its multi-faceted nature dictated by site and climate – make it stand out from other great white varietals.
The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was once again commissioned to handle the technical organisation of the tastings and ensure international exposure for the event. It brings with it the experience and endorsement of a major competition. The next Concours Mondial du Sauvignon will take place on April 26 and 27, 2013 at Château de Blois in the Loire Valley, one of the varietal’s greatest homes. With a mission to rally the industry around the varietal and promote excellence in the world of Sauvignon Blanc, the competition has naturally taken to the road.
Full results list is on www.cmsauvignon.com
International press contact: Frédéric Galtier