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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Best value Vin de France selection: the results!




We reveal the gold medal winning wines from the Best Value Vin de France Selection following a judging session in Paris last month.

The full list of wines comprises 23 golds and 89 silvers from a total of 372 entries, although OIV regulations cap medals at 30% of entries.
Of the medal winners, 49 were white, 23 rosé and 40 red, with the top performing varieties following previous trends, with Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc doing well, along with Merlot.
However, there was also plenty of room for the quirky, with one sweet wine taking a Gold medal, as well as awards for a Negrette rosé and blends such as Chardonnay/Muscat and Viognier/Roussanne.
There were also signs that as producers become more at home with the broad canvas offered by Vin de France, styles such as Malbec and rosé look set to play an increasingly important role in the future development of this classification.
The competition, now in its sixth year, is organised by French trade organisation ANIVIN DE FRANCE, to pick out the best quality examples of the Vin de France classification, with the top performers awarded a Gold or Silver medal to display on their label.

Here are the gold medals:

> Le Val White 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Val d’Orbieu – Les Vignerons Mediterranean
> La Belle Saison, White, 2014, Sauvignon Blanc, Vindivin
> Shores, White, NV, Sauvignon Blanc, Les Domaines Auriol
> Original French Kiss, White, NV, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhodanienne Company
> Jumbo, White, NV, Sauvignon Blanc, Les Domaines Auriol
> Gau White 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – Pinot Gris, Vindivin
> Belles Vignes White 2014 Chardonnay – Viognier Les Grands Chais de France
> On Time, White, 2013 Viognier – Sauvignon Blanc, Rethore Davy
> Patisserie Du Vin White 2014 Chardonnay – Muscat, Badet Clement and Company
> 6th Sense White 2014 Blend Gerard Bertrand
> Shores Cuvée Maitre Olivier, White, 2014, Blend, Les Domaines Auriol SAS
> The Smoke White, Rosé, 2014, Blend, François Lurton
> The Shrine, Rosé, 2014 Syrah – Grenache, House Gabriel Meffre
> The Socket Red 2014 Merlot House Gabriel Meffre
> Jean Berteau Red 2014 Merlot, Rhodanienne Company
> French Connection Red 2014 Merlot, Bottle Green
> Gabriel, Red, 2014, Syrah – Grenache, House Gabriel Meffre
> Belles Vignes, Red, 2014, Grenache – Syrah – Marselan, Les Grands Chais de France
> Jumbo, Red, NV, Syrah – Merlot, Les Domaines Auriol
> Fleming, Red, NV, Blend, Rheinberg Kellerei
> Bistro Montmija, Red , NV, Blend, Les Domaines Auriol
> 6th Sense, Red, 2014, Blend, Gérard Bertrand
> Fat Bastard, Red, 2013, Blend, House Gabriel Meffre

Source: www.thedrinksbusiness.com