After so many years of travelling from one wine capital to another, the Competition was held this year in Brussels on the occasion of its 20th first institution anniversary. The 2, 3 and 4 May last, in total competed 8,060 wines from over 50 different countries.
Sommeliers, purchasing managers, importers, journalists and wine writers, around 310 tasters from 40 different nationalities, worked 3 days to judge the set of samples presented this year in the city of origin of the Contest (later there were other editions are Lisbon, Maastricht, Bordeaux, Valencia and Palermo), whose primary ambition is to provide consumers with a guarantee of quality and price of the wine from the four corners of the world.
For its 20th anniversary, the Competition returns to his hometown, a choice of charging a strong symbolic value as it says its founder, Louis Havaux: ‘This 20th anniversary here in Brussels symbolizes a return to origins. It ‘a wonderful thing, Belgium has so much to show. I think we’re all extremely happy to relive this way the first steps of a competition that has become, over the years, a circle of friends, a club that welcomes almost 350 members! The wine brings together people around a bottle and creates bonds of friendship instantaneous’.
It ‘s hard to know what is to be expected every year at the Concours Mondial of Bruxelles, none resembles the previous edition because undergoes the influence of year and weather conditions. This year medals were awarded in 2330, and like every year , less than 1% of the wines presented were rewarded with the desired Grande Medaille d’Or (country leader of this category is France which takes home less than 17 of these prestigious recognitions). Among the samples of this high award winners , 5 of them have been awarded the ” Best Wine Trophy ” , synonymous with the highest score ever in their class. France and Portugal have gained two of these titles , the first in the categories Best Sparkling with Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne 2000 with the Best Red Chateau Saint -Lô 2011 from St. Emilion Grand Cru , the second in the categories Best White with the Fifth Herdade de Escolha 2013 and Best Sweet with Cruz Porto Colheita 1985. the fifth medal was awarded to ‘ Escapades Pinotage Rosé 2013 South Africa. Among the revelations , show up the Suvla Reserve Petit Verdot of Turkish origin. Among the other special awards, Nero d’ Avola Stemmari DOC (Sicily) has earned the award for Best Italian wine.