Registration for the 10th edition of the Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages is open. Enter your wines quickly and easily via our new website.
Do you love Merlot ? If so, this is your chance to taste the very best, award-winning Merlot wines from the Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages 2016 at the VINEA On Tour event, November 21st at the Metropol restaurant in Zurich. Limited numbers.
We are delighted to invite you to the free conference entitled “ORGANIC WINES: an opportunity for Swiss wines?” to be held on Friday September 2nd at HES-SO Valais (Sierre), at the start of the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair. More details here.
Cademario producer Ivo Monti has won the Gran Maestro award this year with Il Canto Della Terra, presented over three vintages (2011, 2012 and 2013). These three outstanding wines display wonderfully ripe fruit and perfect balance, combining body and vinosity with freshness. A well-deserved reward for this grower renowned for his headgear and poetic nature, who claims that his wines are inspired by women: “they have body and structure of course, but above all, they display charm, elegance and real depth without any aggression.”
Click here for the full results of the 2016 Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages competition.
The 6th Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages organised by VINEA association illustrated the competition’s international character. Over 400 wines from 22 countries were entered. The only Great Gold medal was awarded to a Merlot from Uruguay, with wines from Argentina and Mexico winning gold medals. South America was thus well represented, along with wines from Slovenia, Romania, France and Italy. Swiss Merlots also put on a good show, winning over half the total number of gold medals. These award-winning wines were then presented in Zurich at the first-ever Festival des Merlots, which with some 400 visitors and 40 producers was a great success.
The Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages 2016 awards ceremony was held in a prestigious hotel in Zurich. The competition saw 420 wines entered by 238 producers from 22 countries. The Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages is attractive to producers thanks to its credibility; it is held under the aegis of the OIV, the UIOE and the USOE, and with membership in Vinofed, the world federation of major international wine competitions.
The magic of wine
The judges were 30 confirmed international wine tasters, including oenologists, sommeliers and specialist wine journalists who stressed their appreciation of the smooth running of the competition. “The highlight of this competition is the wines’ diversity of provenance, illustrated by specific characteristics related to their terroir, climate and vinification methods – this is truly the magic of wine,” commented Jean-Claude Ruf, scientific coordinator with the OIV.
As wine is not (generally speaking) an industrial product, it is difficult to make the same wine year after year – which can be an issue for consumers who, once they have found a wine they enjoy, hope that it will remain the same, from one bottle to the next. “This is the challenge for wine producers, who have to explain what they do and educate their clients,” continued Jean-Claude Ruf.
A certain style… from one year to the next
Mexican oenologist Rocio Amador Rogriguez was impressed by the entries in the Gran Maestro category, which judges wines over three consecutive vintages: “These are magnificent wines, they express the climate variation from one year to another yet still display the hallmark of the individual producer.”
Medals and special prizes
Merlot wines from different production regions feature among the prize-winners. Of the 42 Gold medals, 25 were awarded to Swiss producers (12 from Ticino, 7 from Valais and 6 from Vaud). For non-Swiss wines, Italy triumphed with 7 Gold medals.
Several special prizes were awarded, including the best wine of the competition which was given to Bouza Bodega Boutique of Montevideo (Grand Gold medal), with the Cave du Chai du Baron (Valais) winning the prize for Best Swiss varietal Merlot. The Gran Maestro prize went to Cantina Monti of Cademario (Ticino) for the best results over three vintages, while the prize for the Oldest Vintages category was won by the 2009 Merlot of Domeniu Coroanei Segarcea SRL (Romania).
Ticino producer Vini e Distillati Angelo Delea SA (Losone) won two prizes, namely Best Rosé or Blanc de Noir, and Best Blend. The complete list of 9 special prizes follows below.
79 other wines won silver medals, and a total of 122 wines won awards in line with OIV regulations.
A successful Festival of Award-winning Merlots
Following the awards ceremony, VINEA will organise the very first Festival of Award-winning Merlots. A large number of wine enthusiasts will make the most of this opportunity to discover the winning wines poured by 40 producers, including several from South America (Uruguay, Argentina and Mexico). This event in Zurich is created at the request of the producers, and its success is most encouraging. Come and wine taste today between 4pm and 9 pm.
The complete list of competition winners can be found here.
Organised by VINEA, this year’s Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages saw 420 wines entered, from 230 producers and 22 countries. The judging took place in Sierre (Switzerland), awarding 42 Gold medals to outstanding wines and one Great Gold medal (the highest award) to a Merlot from Uruguay. These first results have been shared with the winners and can be found on the recently revamped website www.mondial-du-merlot.com.
Special awards ceremony and Festival of Award-Winning Merlots:
Suspense reigns regarding the competition’s nine special awards, to be announced on May 18 as part of the awards ceremony at the Widder Hotel (Zurich). On the same day the very first edition of the Festival of Award-Winning Merlots will be held, when some 40 producers will be pouring their medal-winning wine (plus another of their choice) for the general public. Sign up (by May 16, 2016), or pay on the day (CHF 20.- per person).
If you love Merlot wines, Merlot-based blends, and even white Merlot, this event is for you!
For its 9th edition, the Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages website has been redesigned. Enjoy your visit, and please share via your networks.
The results of the 9th edition of the Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages will be published online Mai 18, 2016 (same day as the awards ceremony). See you soon!