Record 460 wines at Best Value Vin De France Selection 2017 – up 17% from 2016

Last week heralded the 8th edition of the annual Best Value Vin De France Selection tasting.  It is incredible to think that the category has been on the market for so long; the time has certainly passed quickly!  Since 2009, when Vin De France wines were first launched, there have been considerable changes in our export markets, and the category has continued to grow and gain in importance.  Today some 15% of all French still wines exported are Vin De France wines.  A total of 185 million bottles were sold in 2016 – double the volume compared with 2010 – with 749 producers including at least one Vin De France wine in their portfolio, a number that increases each year.  We are very proud to represent so many French wine producers, and look forward to welcoming even more to “Club Vin De France” in the coming months and years.

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Last Friday 47 wine professionals and international buyers gathered in the plush rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, just off Place de la République, to taste their way through 460 samples of Vin De France wines.  Our international judging panel this year came from 13 countries.  Our regular friends from Europe included key markets such as Germany, the UK and the Netherlands; we had a large contingent from the US and Canada; a good representation from Scandinavia; the Far East was represented by China, Japan and Hong Kong; and this year we were delighted to add Australia to our far-reaching list!  One of the most pleasurable elements of this tasting is this international element, and the rich conversations shared across the table after each flight.  It is fascinating to hear the different cultural benchmarks which consumers in these very diverse markets use to assess the wines they like.  A good job then that Vin De France is a category designed to craft wines which are tailored to answer all these individual requirements!

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After a long and intense series of flights and cultural exchanges, the judges repaired to the dining room for a well-earned break, whilst Team ANIVIN de FRANCE set out the medal winners.  A record 138 wines were selected as award winning wines, with 33 winning the coveted gold award.  Reds did well this year, with Merlot and Syrah showing nicely.  In whites it was the Chardonnay flights that dazzled our judging panels this year.  Rosés also scored well, perhaps due to the good vintage in 2016 across France; and the category once again demonstrated the exciting innovation that is now a traditional part of our judges’ discovery at the tasting.

The award winning wines will be shown at Prowein (stand A 99 Hall 11) in March and then at VINEXPO.  I look forward to meeting some of you there, and in the meantime look out for our feature in the March edition of The Drinks Business.

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