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Concours Mondial Du Sauvignon reveals winners

Published:  18 March, 2019

France was the big winner at the 2019 Concours Mondial Du Sauvignon after it scooped 157 medals, 24% more than it did in 2018.

A total of 1,010 wines from 26 countries were judged blind by 73 experts from 18 countries. France topped the list followed by Austria, which took 45 medals.

Italy finished third after winning 66% more medals than in 2018. Two thirds of its medals went to Sauvignons from the host region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

“The results of the 10th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon fill us with satisfaction and demonstrate, once again, the quality of our wines”, said Stefano Zanier, regional councillor for agri-food, forestry and fishing resources. “The increased number of medals for Italy, the majority of them for wines from Friuli Venezia Giulia, is a source of pride, as is knowing that the Italian Sauvignon Revelation Trophy was given to a winery from our area. These are results that confirm the capability of our producers and bring prestige to the entire region.”

The winner of the special “Dubourdieu Trophy”, which is awarded to the wine showing the “purest and most refined Sauvignon expression”, was Domaine Delobel from Touraine.

“Good weather in 2018 allowed our vineyard sites to prove once again that they are capable of producing some of the finest Sauvignons in the world,” said Thierry Michaud, chairman of AOC Touraine and a wine grower in the Cher valley.

In 2020, the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon will return to Touraine. Lionel Gosseaume, the appellation’s vice-chairman and a grower in Touraine-Oisly, said: “This achievement, coupled with excellent memories of the 2013 competition and the 80th anniversary of the appellation due in 2020, naturally made us willing to host the event next year.

“The international Sauvignon competition’s return to Touraine is an endorsement for wine growers across the region who share a passion for this grape variety. We are already very much looking forward to it.”