KNW and Bock gold medals at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

The results has just been released, so it is absolutely hot: Hungary has won 2 gold and 7 silver medals.

The gold winners are:

Nimród Kovács has a silver as well for NJK 2009, while Bock Cellar has 3 silver medals! Bock Capella 2009, Bock Cuvée 1999 and Bock Villányi Franc Fekete-hegy Selection 2013 have all achieved the prestigious medal.

See all Hungarian medals here

A contest of wine and contest of judges as well!

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is a unique wine contest. First of all it is not held in Bruxelles. It was, at the beginning, but nowadays it is held annually in another city of Europe, last year Plovdiv (Bulgaria) was the host city, and this year Valladolid in Spain, the centre of Castília y Leon. So far in Europe, but as it was announced on the last year of the contest, next year it will be held in China, near Beiging, in Haidian district!

Concours Mondial is a strict and unique wine contest regarding the carefully selected 320 jury members as well: the judges evaluate the wines, but meanwhile the judges are being evaluated, too! Each day a sample is repeated in each jury to check the concentration of the judges, and their overall work is analized by the organizers in cooperation by Statistics Institute of the Catholic University in Louvain. I participated in the contest as well, and I can also tell that the whole process is outstanding in its quality of organization.

The best organic wine is Turkish

Winners with the highest number of points in the red, white, rosé, sparkling, organic and fortified wine categories received Revelation accolades. No surprise to see a champagne as the best sparkling, Italian as the best red, a Port as the best fortified, but there are some interesting trophies:

  • 2017 International Revelation Fortified Wine:D’Oliveiras Madeira Wines 1994

Pereira d’Oliveira (Vinhos) LDA, Portugal

  • 2017 International Revelation Organic Wine:

Selendi Sarnic Shiraz 2013
Selendi Winery, Turkey

  • 2017 International Revelation Red Wine:

Terre Della Baronia 2014
Azienda Agricola G. Milazzo SRL, Italy

  • 2017 International Revelation Rosé Wine:

Burro Loco Rosado 2016
Consejo Bodegas SL, Spain

  • 2017 International Revelation Sparkling Wine:

Champagne Jean Dumangin Brut Millésime 2009
EARL Jean Dumangin, France

  • 2017 International Revelation White Wine:

Raimat 100 2015
Codorniu Raventos, Spain

The top 10 medal-winning countries

  • Spain,
  • France,
  • Italy,
  • Portugal,
  • Chile,
  • China,
  • Bulgaria,
  • South Africa,
  • Switzerland and Greece (both on place 9)
  • Czech Republic.

Host country Spain has the highest number of medals (last year Spain came second, after France) spearheaded by Castilla y León with 29.4 % of Spanish accolades. Italy, Portugal, Chile and Switzerland hold the same place in the top ten as they did in 2016. Conversely, China moves up two places, after being awarded more than twice as many medals as the year before (78 medals in 2017 vs. 36 in 2016). Greece and the Czech Republic are “the new kids on the block” in this year’s top ten.

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