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(drinks media wire) - The best wines from the family of Pinot grapes were selected during the Mondial des Pinots 2012. Five exceptional wines, one from France, two from German-speaking Switzerland and two from canton Valais were given top honours: the Médaille Grand Or. The judges also awarded 100 gold medals to wine producers whose skills and knowledge allowed them to charm the best out of their Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and of course Pinot Noir grapes. The awards ceremony for the Grand Or and gold medals, as well as for special prizes, will take place 31 August in Sierre, during the Vinea Swiss wines festival.
The Mondial des Pinots (MDP) is the new name given to the Mondial du Pinot Noir for the competition’s 15th year, to mark the fact it has been opened to all wines that come from the three grapes that are members of the Pinot family: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Nearly 1,300 wines from 24 countries were submitted to some 60 wine judges. The majority of the wines were Pinot Noirs, vintages 2010 and 2011.
Germany and France showed strong participation, in addition to Switzerland’s strong presence, and there were also a number of entries each from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Chile, showing clearly the international reputation and attractiveness of this competition. The MDP is organized by the Vinea Association. It is a member of Vinofed, the Fédération Mondiale des Grands Concours Internationaux de Vins et de Spiritueux. The MDP is run under the patronage of the OIV (Organisation internationale de la vigne et du vin), the UIOE (Union Internationale des Œnologues) and the USOE (Union suisse des œnologues).
Pinot travels well
The judges were eminent international specialists from the world of wine. Dominique Moncomble, technical director of the Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne, when asked what impression they were left with, after judging these Pinots, said, “The wonderful mastery these wine producers are showing, that allows them to extract the best from this elegant grape, which has managed to travel the world and settle so well in such diverse regions.” His thoughts were expanded on by oenologist Felipe de Solminihac from Chile who waxed very enthusiastic over the “diverse expressions, but also the styles of vinification used for this grape that, in the end, truly brings out the terroirs.”
OIV representative Valeriu V. Cotea pointed to the original and creative category, “World Champion of Pinots”, which judges three consecutive vintages from the producers who take part. “We are giving a note for artistry that underscores their overall approach to vinification.” He congratulated the organizers for the smooth running of the completely computerized competition. “It works perfectly, just like a Swiss watch.”
Diversity in the awards
The five Grand or medals were awarded to a Pinot Noir from France (Languedoc), a Swiss canton Aargau Pinot, one from canton Bern and two from canton Valais. The German Pinots won an impressive 9 gold medals. The Swiss, who were the largest group to take part, won 86 gold medals. Just under half were Pinots from Valais (40), followed by those from Vaud (11 medals), Graubuenden and Schaffhausen (6 each), Neuchatel and Aargau (5 each), then Thurgau with 4 and Bern with 3 medals.
A number of special prizes (see list below) were awarded, including the World Champion of Pinots, given to the wine that has the highest score for three consecutive vintages. The top Swiss wine (highest score during the competition) receives the Univerre Trophy prize. The Vinofed prize is given to the wine which receives the closest to unanimous agreement by the judges. And the Vitisphere prize goes to the winery whose Internet communication is the most dynamic.
Tasting session open to the public
The awards ceremony takes place Friday 31 August in the gardens of Sierre’s l’Hôtel de Ville, during the Vinea Swiss wines fair that opens the same day, from 11:00 to 19:00. Vinea fair visitors Saturday 1 September (also open from 11:00-19:00) will have the special privilege – rare for this type of competition – to taste the winning wines from the Mondial des Pinots.
Gastronomia Food and Wine Pairing Trophy, 5 November 2012
The Swiss Pinot Noir gold medal winners will be divided into five categories for food and wine pairings and will be presented to a group of judges who are professionals from the world of gastronomy (sommeliers, chefs, restaurant owners) 5 November during the Gastronomia fair in Lausanne. A trophy will be awarded in each category to the Pinot Noir wine that offers the best pairing with the selected dish: fish, meat and cheese, for example.
THE SPECIAL PRIZES
Syngenta Prize, World Champion of Pinot Noirs
Awarded by Syngenta Agro AG
Jauslin Weinbau, Muttenz, Basel, Switzerland
Hohle Gasse Pinot Noir, Muttenz AOC
Univerre Trophy Prize
Pinot Noir la Part des Anges fût de chêne (oaked) 2010 AOC Valais
Cave des Champs Claudy Clavien, Miège, Valais, Suisse
Sparkling wines prize
Awarded by the Union Suisse des Œnologues
Rosé Carpenè Cuvée Brut l'Arte Spumantistica, Veneto
Carpenè Malvolti Spa, Conegliano, Italie
Awarded by Frialp Sion
Klötzli rosé 2011 Bielersee AOC
Herrn Adrian Klötzli, Twann, Berne, Suisse
Bourgogne Aujourd’hui prize
Awarded by the wine revue Bourgogne Aujourd’hui
Domaine Parent, Madame Anne Parent, Pommard, Bourgogne, France
Awarded by the Fédération Mondiale des Grands Concours Internationaux de Vins et de Spiritueux
Pinot Noir le Montet 2011, AOC Valais
Dominique Passaquay, Choex, Valais, Suisse
For further information, please contact:
Elisabeth Pasquier, Managing Director
Tél. + 41 27 456 3144
Note: The complete list of gold and silver medals awarded during the 15th annual Mondial des Pinots will be available on the web site: www.mondial- des-pinots.com
|Name: Elisabeth Pasquier|
|Company: Mondial des Pinots 2012|
|Phone: + 41 (0)27 456 31 44|