An unprecedentedly high number of awards for oaked Sauvignons
1,120 entries from 23 producer countries competed in the 2022 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon – the largest and most significant international competition entirely dedicated to the Sauvignon grape variety. In addition to the Gold and Silver medals, the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon awarded special trophies to entries achieving the highest scores in special categories such as Sauvignon Blend, Oaked Sauvignon, Sweet Sauvignon and Best Sauvignon in the Competition.
An unprecedentedly high number of oaked wines were entered in the competition this year – 225, or a fifth of total entries. Most of the oaked Sauvignon wines came from Styria and Bordeaux. And they performed extremely well, with 35% of them receiving medals.
In 2022, the top five countries by number of medals are France, Austria, Italy, South Africa, and the Czech Republic.
The region with the most accolades this year is the Loire Valley with 100 medals. Styria ranks second with 71 awards, and Friuli and Bordeaux share the third place with 22 medals each.
Within the Loire Valley the leading appellations are Touraine (34), Sancerre (23) and Pouilly Fumé (12). Touraine Chenonceaux performed exceptionally well, as 63% of entries from the appellation received awards. The 2022 Denis Dubourdieu Trophy for the best Sauvignon in the competition was also awarded to a wine from Touraine Chenonceaux – the Domaine Jean Christophe Mandard Blanc 2020.
“As wine producers in AOC Touraine, it is a great source of pride for us to rank among the best Sauvignons in the world”, says Thierry Michaud, chairman of AOC Touraine. “Our excellent results from the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon reward the expertise of winegrowers and demonstrate that Touraine is a great Sauvignon terroir.”
Sancerre also achieved a high success rate of 34% including the Revelation Loire trophy for the 2020 Caillottes by Joël and Sylvie Cirotte.
With 39 Gold and 32 Silver medals, Styrian Sauvignon blancs proved their excellence once again. Styria collected the most awards in the oaked category, with 42, as well as the 2022 Revelation Oaked Sauvignon trophy awarded to the Peter Skoff Sauvignon blanc Ried Kranachberg Reserve 2015. Nearly 60% of awarded Styrian wines are oaked.
“The terroir in the Styrian wine region is predestined for the Sauvignon blanc variety, allowing us to produce world-class wines across all 3 regions of Styria”, says Stefan Potzinger, chair of Styrian wines. “And when so many top winemakers focus on one variety, success is inevitable.”
The best wine in the Sweet Sauvignon category comes from the Czech Republic – SKALÁK Sauvignon Slámové Víno 2015. Gold medals in the same category were also awarded to wines from Romania, Austria, Chile, the Czech Republic and Moldova.
The Revelation for the best Sauvignon Blend was granted to the Greek Ktima Biblia Chora White 2021 – a blend of Sauvignon blanc and Assyrtiko.
2022 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon Revelations
Dubourdieu Trophy (Best Competing Sauvignon)
Domaine Jean-Christophe Mandard Blanc 2020
Touraine Chenonceaux, Loire Valley, France
Tonnellerie Sylvain Trophy (Oaked Sauvignon Revelation)
Peter Skoff Sauvignon blanc Ried Kranachberg Reserve 2015
Sauvignon Blend Revelation
Ktima Biblia Chora White 2021
Mt Panego, Macedonia, Greece
Sweet Sauvignon Revelation
SKALÁK Sauvignon Slámové Víno 2015
Slovacka, Moravia, Czech Republic
Caillottes 2020, Joël & Sylvie Cirotte
Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
Wruss Sauvignon Blanc Gamlitz DAC 2020
South Styria, Austria
New Zealand Revelation
Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Cantina Rauscedo Sauvignon 2020
Venezia Giulia IGT, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
South Africa Revelation
Diemersdal The Journal Sauvignon blanc 2021
Cape Town, Coastal Region, South Africa
Complete list of results: https://resultats.cmsauvignon.com/en/results
About the evaluation process of Concours Mondial du Sauvignon
Over twenty nationalities, including South Africa, Australia and Canada are represented on the tasting panel, thereby guaranteeing the outstanding diversity that sets the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon apart from other wine competitions.
Following the guidelines of the OIV and the International Oenologists’ Organisation, the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon grants accolades to a maximum of 29% of total entries.
To ensure consumers the highest level of satisfaction from the awarded wines, the organizers conduct subsequent checks on award-winning entries after the competition, by comparing a selection of those products with an anonymously bought sample from the same batch.