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2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

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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

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

#DWWA2014: 2012 Sancerre first Loire winner of a DWWA International Trophy

Jean-Paul Balland's 2012 Grande Cuvée Sancerre is the first Loire wine to win an International Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards, which started in 2004. The Grande Cuvée took the Best Sauvignon Blanc over £15. The Grande Cuvée comes from old vines (more than 45 years old) with 60% coming from Caillottes (limestone) and 40% from Terres Blanches (clay limestone hillsides). 60% is aged in new oak 600 litre barrels for 12 months. 

Village of Bué: Jean-Paul Balland's base

A 2013 Sancerre from Michel Thomas et Fils won the Regional Trophy for the best Loire Sauvignon Blanc. 

A 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine from Les Vignerons du Pallet also made DWWA history as the first Muscadet to win the Regional Loire White Wine Trophy (Sauvignon Blanc is a separate category).

Château la Varière won the Regional Loire Sweet Wine Trophy over £15 with the 2011 Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru Les Guerches. This is another first as 2011 is the first vintage of Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru.    


Hervé LALAU said...

In your opinion, Jim, was Balland's wine better than the Paul Cluver Sauvignon from Elgin (ZA) which won in the under £15 category?

Jim's Loire said...

Herve. No idea! At DWWA you taste by region, so I only tasted Loire wines.

Hervé LALAU said...

Funny rules since Balland's trophy is for "Best Sauvignon over 15 pounds" (whatever the origin) , and Cluver's for "Under 15".
Don't you think there should be a second tasting to give the international award?
Comparing points from different panels seems rather awkward to me.

Jim's Loire said...

Herve. There is a second tasting done by a small panel who taste all the regional trophy wines and award the International Trophies in their various categories.

In your original comment you asked whether my opinion on the two wines. My answer still stands and I don't find the rules to be funny.