Decanter’s prestigious competition received over 16,000 entries this year. The platinum – best in show winner was tasted blind against other Malbec blends from Chile during judging week in London at the end of April when it received a gold medal. It was then put forward to be judged against its international peers for a platinum medal, which it achieved in the face of stiff competition. Judges have credited this wine as ‘an absolute crowd pleaser’ which has been ‘beautifully executed, full of energy with a great price point’.
French regions were well represented in the country’s eight ‘best in show’ medals, from Gabriel Meffre’s ‘Saint Théodoric’ Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015 winning best wine made from red Rhône grape varieties to La Grande Bauquière’s ‘Moment Inattendu’ 2016 from Provence winning ‘best rosé’ wine and Thomas Barton’s Réserve Privée 2014 winning the ‘best in show’ medal for Bordeaux red varietals – a prize that has previously been won by wines all over the world, including Washington State in the US .