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French Wine Awards 2013 winners revealed

Published:  23 October, 2013

Waitrose, Les Caves de Pyrène, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Gerard Basset MS OBE and Andrew Jefford were some of the major winners in the first Harpers French Wine Awards announced yesterday at its inaugural France Summit in London.

The awards were announced after a day of industry debates and specialist masterclasses designed to give the trade an opportunity to examine their French wine offer and look at how they could develop their range and engage more with consumers.

The full list of winners and finalists were:

Best Supermarket sponsored by Côtes du Rhône Wines

Winner: Waitrose

Finalists: Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's

Best Distributor/Supplier sponsored by Provence Wines

Winner: Les Caves de Pyrène

Finalists: Bancroft Wines, Georges Barbier, Matthew Clark

Best Independent Merchant (Large)

Sponsored by Les Grands Chais de France

Winner: Cambridge Wine Merchants

Finalists: Berry Bros & Rudd, Laithwaite's

Best Independent Merchant (Small)

Sponsored by Yvon Mau

Winner: Taurus Wines

Finalists: James Nicholson, Raeburn Fine Wines, Lea & Sandeman

Best Restaurant French Wine List

Sponsored by Chablis

Winner: The Green Man & French Horn

Finalists: The Boundary Restaurant, Club Gascon/Cellar Gascon, Le Gavroche

Best Regional Restaurant French Wine List (Regional)

Sponsored by The Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins du Centre Loire

Winner: La Garrigue

Finalists: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Hotel TerraVina

Best French Wine Critic

Sponsored by InterLoire

Winner: Andrew Jefford

Finalists: Jane Anson, Rose Murray Brown MW (The Scotsman), Jancis Robinson MW

Best Ambassador/Communicator for French Wine

Sponsored by Plaimont Producteurs

Winner: Gerard Basset MS OBE

Finalists: Louise Hurren, Ronan Sayburn MS, Doug Wregg

Harpers Special Recognition Award

Sponsored by Pays d'Oc Wines

Winner: Gavin Quinney, Chateau Bauduc