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CMB 2017: Spanish Wines Excel at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Posted: Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:29


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CMB 2017: Spanish Wines Excel at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

May 18: Although France had the maximum number of entries of samples at this year’s edition of Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB), the second highest participant Spain has won the maximum Medals with almost 30% of them going to the hosting region Castilla y Leon, with China doubling the medals over last year even though its participation was also more than double, establishing a generally accepted belief that China is racing ahead in quality and quantity, way ahead of India which was not even represented but for four jurors including Subhash Arora who was making his 9th appearance

Click For Large ViewSpain also has the highest number of Grand Gold medals followed by Portugal, France and Italy, according to a Press Release, announcing results for the annual international travelling competition which ended in Valladolid, Capital of Castilla y Leon Region that has 9 DO zones and includes famous appellations like DO Ribera del Duero, DO Toro, DO Rueda and DO Tierra de Leon.

Castilla y León spearheaded the Spanish haul by bagging 29.4 % of their Medals won. Italy, Portugal, Chile and Switzerland hold the same place in the top ten as they did in 2016. However, China moves up two places, after being awarded more than double the medals as the year before (78 in 2017 vs. 36 in 2016). It maintains its fast paced upward climb in the world of wine by winning 4 Grand Gold medals. Greece and the Czech Republic are “the new kids on the block” in this year’s top ten.

9,080 wines competed this yearfor the coveted Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) medals in Valladolid, the capital of Castilla y León. The 320 international panel members awarded Silver, Gold and Grand Gold medals to top entries (scoring 85/100, 90/100 and 95/100 resp). Winners with the highest number of points in the red, white, rosé, sparkling, organic and fortified wine categories received Revelation Recognitions. Subhash Arora was President of one of these 64 panels.

The Trophies for the Best wine in each category is classified now as the ‘International Revelation’ at CMB. Following are the International Revelations for 2017:

  International Revelation Fortified Wine D’Oliveira Madeira Wines 1994,
    Pereira d’Oliveira (Vinhos) LDA, Portugal
  International Revelation Organic Wine: Selendi Sarnic Shiraz 2013

Selendi Winery, Turkey

  International Revelation Red Wine: Terre Della Baronia 2014

Azienda Agricola G. Milazzo SRL, Italy

  International Revelation Rosé Wine: Burro Loco Rosado 2016

ConsejoBodegas SL, Spain

  International RevelationSparkling Wine: Champagne Jean Dumangin Brut Millésime 2009,

EARL Jean Dumangin, France

  International Revelation White Wine: Raimat 100 2015

Codorniu Raventos, Spain

The top ten medal-winning countries this year in the winning order are:

1. Spain

2. France

3. Italy

4. Portugal

5. Chile

6. China

7. Bulgaria

8. South Africa

9. Switzerland


10. Czech Republic

Exponential growth in organic wine samples

The number of entries in this category continues to grow at a fast pace. This segment has grown by a staggering 80 % over the past three years with 693 organic and biodynamic wines entered this year. Current market trends and higher consumer awareness and interest in the origin and production methods of wines prompted the organizers to create a new Organic Wine Trophy. The winner of this prestigious medal is Selendi winery from Turkey.

Another new medal has been added this year at CMB-for Exceptional Old Vintages. The quality of nine Portuguese wines swayed the panel which awarded them the highly-sought-after medals. Portugal was the absolute leader in the old vintage category followed by Spain, Slovakia, Italy, Hungary and Switzerland.

CMB award-winners are recognized not only for their quality, they also offer excellent value for money. 57.6% of all awarded wines in 2017 sell for under €8.50 ex-cellar. CMB also claims to be the only wine competition to perform post-event sample checks in order to ensure the consistent quality of its medal winners.

The next edition of Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) will be hosted by the Haidian District in Beijing on May 10-13, 2018. This will be the first time the competition has looked outside Europe for its venue and it accepts a massive participation by Chinese wines.

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Subhash Arora

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