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Concours Mondial 2016 results

By , 27 May 2016



CMBThe 2016 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was held over 1 to 3 May in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and attracted over 8 750 wines from 51 producer countries. Results were announced recently and top performing South African wines were as follows:

Grand Gold Medals
Clos Malverne Auret 2013
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Unwooded Chardonnay 2015
Lourensford Limited Release Chardonnay 2015

Gold Medals
Almenkerk Syrah 2013
Asara Avalon 2011
Bellingham Berard Series Small Barrel SMV 2013
Cederberg Shiraz 2014
Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Gabriëlskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Home of Erasmus Grenache 2014
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2015
KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2015
KWV Cathedral Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2015
KWV The Mentors Canvas 2014
La Motte Millennium 2014
Rustenburg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2013
Rustenburg Unwooded Chardonnay 2015
Saronsberg Methode Cap Classique 2012
Saronsberg Shiraz 2014
Simonsig Chardonnay 2015
Simonsig Frans Malan 2014
Simonsig Merindol Syrah 2012
Simonsig Tiara 2011
Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2013
Spier Creative Block 3 2013
Spier Creative Block 5 2013
Uva Mira The Mira Shiraz 2014


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    Fiona | 28 May 2016

    Christian, to step in and answer Joe’s question: no,CM does not take price into account. Nor does it provide any info about origin/country, grape or style. Judges are only told whether it’s white, red, pink, sparkling or sweet according to OIV rules. Also NO discussion! At IWC and Decanter country AND area, grape and style are provided. ( i.e. Wooded/unwooded and Marlborough, New Zealand) Discussion of styles and nuances of wine are critical at both those competitions. Decanter also take price into account which certainly influences performance – positively and negatively. “Fantastic for a Pinot under 8 quid!!” But also “I’d expect more from a wine selling for 50 pounds plus…”

    Dieter | 28 May 2016

    As a (now) European consumer my feeling is that CM is leans much more towards to supermarkets buyers than DWWA and IWC and there’s less structure in compiling judging panels than at the latter – no serious names and pretty much shipped in from all over. There’s much more consistency to be had from the various regional agricultural awards when pushed for sticker purchases.

    joe | 27 May 2016

    Christian, what is your opinion on what the CM judges are looking for? The Clos Malverne Auret 2013 seems to have done well in several other venues (Veritas Gold; Platter 4.5 stars), but I’m not sure the CM results are generally consistent with my palate. For example, they dished out gold medals to three “Barefoot” wines from Gallo, which are, quite frankly, foul plonk. Are they looking for cheap, fruity wines that are somewhat consistent year-to-year? Do they consider price/value in their awards?

      Christian | 28 May 2016

      Hi Joe, Concours Mondial (as with the Decanter World Wine Awards, the International Wine & Spirits Competition, the International Wine Challenge) is wine competitions as big business (entry fees, sponsorships and sticker sales all contributing to the organiser’s revenue stream). Hundreds of judges assessing thousands of wines, no discernible aesthetic other than separating the good from the bad in the most basic terms. In an overtraded market, bottle stickers help the wine trade move product. The vast majority of us, whether we be producer, critic or member of the public, are implicated otherwise these competitions wouldn’t exist.

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