This weekend I've retasted the 2009 Lafite (awesome), and had the Pape Clement 1995, the 2001 Cantenac Brown and the 2004 d'Agassac at Fete de la Fleur. But the weekend has really been about white rather then red wine, which always makes a pleasant change in Bordeaux.
I have a New Zealand sauvignon blanc tasting coming up up Monday at Brane Cantenac, but until then, have been judging yesterday and today at the inaugral Concours Mondiale de Sauvignon.
Organised by the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (but helped here by the Syndicate de Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur), the competition has gathered examples of Sauvignon Blanc from around the world. Grand gold (ie Trophys), gold and silver medals will be awarded to the best wines, with a maximum of 25% of award-winning wines. In addition to these medals, the SAUVIGNON CONCOURS MONDIAL will also provide trophies for special products having obtained the highest score in the following categories:
Dry Sauvignon, non woody (85%+)
Dry Sauvignon, woody (85%+)
Sauvignon blend (min 51%-84% Sauvignon)
Sauvignon blend (min 51%-84% Sauvignon) woody
Tasters from Chile, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand and the UK were over here, including David Cobbold, JD Pretorius (frrom Steenberg vineyards in SA), Harshal Shah (from Sommelier India magazine) Benoit Roumet (from Sancerre, and the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins du Centre) and Jean Christophe Bourgeois (from Domaine Henri Bourgeois, also in the Loire). Around 500 wines were presented for this first edition.
ĎThe aim is to highlight this increasingly popular and well loved grape variety,í said Thomas Costenoble, director of Concours Mondiale. ĎIt is clear that Sauvignon Blanc deserves its own competition, to sit alongside the other varietal competitions of the world, and we intend to make this a regular eventí.
To further break down the award-winning wines, 25% will receive medals, and about 10% gold and 15% silver. The best of each category were then rejudged for the Trophys. The competition rates the wines out of 100 points, with points taken away for faults rather than added for successes.
A consumer study held in the lead up to the competition looked into the qualities that most consumers want from a sauvignon - and the words most used wereĎvivacity and freshnessí - so we were directed to bear this in mind while judging.
The results have not been announced yet, but among my own favourites over the two days have been:
Chateau Reynon 2009 Bordeaux
Chateau Mirambeau 2009 Bordeaux
Lomond Pincushion Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Western Cape
Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Weingut Aufricht Sauvignon BLanc 2009 Baden
Lownherz Sauvignon Blanc Spatlese Trocken 2009 Pfalz
I also tasted a very good flight of Touraine Sauvignons, but don't have my breakdown of marks on those, so will have to wait until official scores are calculated!