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2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 14 June 2015

2015 Decanter World Wine Awards: strong results for the Loire

The assembled judges for the 2015 DWWA@Tobacco Dock

Although the Loire didn't win any of the international awards, this year's results were certainly the best since the DWWA was founded in 2004 – a total of 10 Gold Medals and four Regional Trophies. In some editions we haven't even awarded even a single gold. 

The results show what are bargain Muscadet, especially the Cru Communaux can now be and underlines what a good vintage 2014 is in the Loire's Central Vineyards with Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé to the fore. Nor is it a surprise to see a Pinot Noir from Sancerre winning a trophy. It is also good to have a trophy winning Anjou Rouge, made from 100% Cabernet Franc and offering great value.    

Regional Trophies
Domaine Jean-Paul Balland, 2014 Sancerre Blanc: Loire Sauvignon Blanc over £15
Daniel Chotard, 2012 Chant de l'Archer, Sancerre Rouge: Red Loire over £15
Musset-Roullier, 2014 Les Neuf Vingt, Anjou Rouge:  Red Loire under £15
Domaine Martin, 2010 Monnières-Saint Fiacre, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine: White Loire under £15

Château de la Botinière 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie
Château la Varière, 2013 La Chevalerie, Anjou-Villages-Brissac
Domaine Landrat-Guyollot, 2012 Gemme de Feu, Pouilly-Fumé
Joseph Mellot, 2014 Le Chant des Vignes, Pouilly-Fumé
Pierre-Luc Bouchard, 2014 Pont Caffino, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie
Vignobles Sourice, 2014 Manoir de la Hersandière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie


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