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The second International Gamay Competition organised by Inter Beaujolais, has announced 169 medal winners.
The competition designed to promote consumer and trade appreciation and awareness of the grape variety, took place at the Cité Internationale de Lyon on January 14.
Over 600 entries spanning four countries were judged, by a tasting panel of 140 professionals including oenologists, sommeliers and journalists.
Competition winners include 36 Grand Gold, 65 Gold and 68 Silver medal winners – an increase from 2011.
Twenty-four medals were awarded to wines from outside France including four Grand Gold, 11 Gold and 9 Silver – up five from 2011.
Inter Beaujolais says the results are particularly encouraging, as they continue to show the formidable potential of the Gamay grape to give wines of distinction throughout the world as highlighted by Grand Gold medal wins for Switzerland and Croatia and Gold medal wins for Italy respectively, with Swiss wines winning a total of 22 medals overall.
Inter Beaujolais marketing & communications director, Anthony Collet, said: “We were delighted by the response of this second International Gamay Competition, bearing in mind that in many countries one of the main choice criterion for a wine is the grape variety, Gamay fits to today’s consumer expectations perfectly.
“As a trend towards lighter styles becomes more apparent, Gamay offers wines that are not only vibrant and fruity but can also possess a wonderful tannic backbone, ideal for ageing.
“It is a grape that truly shows its terroir and surroundings.”
Story by Carol Emmas
Courtesy of Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review