TOP OF THE POPS
Bubbles flourish in the 2015 IWSC French and Italian results
To celebrate the start of Vinexpo on Sunday 14th June, the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) has today released the 2015 medal results for France and Italy
from this year’s competition.
France regained its position at the top of the Northern Hemisphere medal table after losing out to Italy in 2014, with an amazing 802 medals awarded including 15 coveted Gold Outstanding medals and 20 Gold medals. As categories, Champagne and Prosecco picked up 256 and 84 medals respectively including 11 Gold medals for Champagne.
Today also sees the announcement of the first regional product trophies for 2015. After the completion of the Northern Hemisphere judging, the very best of each category was reviewed again by judges to decide upon the prestigious product trophy awards. Winners included the 1966 Leacock’s Bual winning the Madeira Trophy and La Riva Dei Frati Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Cartizze 2014 winning the Prosecco Trophy.
The supermarkets once again wowed judges with the quality of their products, Sainsbury’s attained the judges’ top award, a Gold Outstanding medal for their Taste the Difference Pouilly-Fuisse 2014 (£12) but where the majority of supermarkets excelled was with affordable bubbles.
THE TOP WINNING SUPERMARKET BUBBLES
-Silver Medal, Tesco Finest* Bisol Prosecco Spumante DOC Brut NV, Tesco £7.49 until 23rd June (£8.99 RRP)
-Silver Medal, Perlezza Prosecco NV, Spar, £9 RRP (£7, 18th June – 8th July)
-Gold Medal, Philippe Michel Crémant du Jura AOC NV, Aldi £7.29 RRP
-Gold Medal, Abel Charlot Brut NV, Marks & Spencer £32 RRP
-Gold Outstanding Medal, Charles Orban Blanc de Noirs NV, Marks & Spencer £30 RRP
Ewan Lacey, General Manager of the IWSC commented on the announcement: “To see such great value wines pick up the top medals in the competition is fantastic news for all wine lovers. Wines submitted into the International Wine & Spirit Competition aren’t judged in value categories so our experts always judge the product’s quality based solely on what is in the glass.”
The IWSC team are descending upon Bordeaux next week to meet winning producers and hand out certificates to exhibiting medal winners at Vinexpo. To book an appointment with the team during the show, firstname.lastname@example.org
The next set of IWSC results will be released on Thursday 23rd July at the annual Spirits Tasting held in the City of London.
•The Rioja Trophy - Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2008 - CVNE
•The Indigenous Grape Varieties Trophy - Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva Montefante 2010 - Azienda Vinicola Farina SRL
•The NV Champagne Trophy - Le Brun de Neuville Lady de N Chardonnay NV -Champagne Le Brun de Neuville
•The Vintage Champagne Trophy - Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires Millésimé 1995 - Champagnes Charles Heidsieck
•The Sherry Trophy - Harvey’s Palo Cortado 30 YO V.O.R.S. - Harveys
•The Madeira Trophy - Leacock's Bual 1966 - Leacock's
•The Port Trophy - Andresen Porto Colheita 1991 - J. H. Andresen Sucrs. Lda.
•The Prosecco Trophy - La Riva Dei Frati Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Cartizze 2014 - La Riva Dei Frati SAS