The Citadelles du Vin international wine competition, created in 1992 and endorsed by the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin), invites an international panel of expert judges to blind-taste 1,500 wines from more than 300 appellations and 30 countries.The 2009 competition took place June 13-15 in France, and the awards were presented the following week during the recent Vinexpo Bordeaux.
Chile took home 44 of the prestigious Citadelles du Vin trophies. With 5 Trophée Citadelle (Gold Medal equivalent), 17 Trophée Excellence (Silver), and 22 Trophée Prestige (Bronze) awards, Chile had a strong showing, especially in the red wine categories. Viña La Rosa deserves a special mention for its 2004 Ossa 6th Generation, which not only won a Trophée Citadelle, but also won the “Special Award Chili,” which is awarded to just one wine per country.
Cabernet Sauvignon was the overall leader, with 11 awards, followed closely behind by 10 red blends and 9 Carmenere (each with 2 in the top category). The other red winners were 4 Syrah, 2 Merlot, 2 Malbec, and 1 Cabernet Franc. Of the 5 white winners, 2 were Sauvignon Blanc and 3 were Chardonnay.
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For further information see: Citadelles du Vin