Created in 2010 at the behest of the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellations, the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon quickly received the support of the Loire appellations and many other Sauvignon-producing wine regions around the world
The first two Competitions took place in Bordeaux. In 2013, the competition then moved to the Loire, where members of the jury conducted tastings in Blois and toured wineries from Touraine to Sancerre
The Vinopres team, creators and organisers of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, has used its expertise to grow the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon internationally over the last three years. This year, it has announced the setting up of a steering committee to create a database on Sauvignon, helped by the competition.
This committee will be made up of multi-disciplinary team of experts, who will be tasked with publishing and sharing Sauvignon-related literature in their respective countries. The team will be coordinated by Sharon Nagel, a France-based, English freelance journalist, who will be working with Pedro Ballesteros MW (Spain), David Cobbold, Valérie Lavigne from the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology, Pilippo Pszczolkowski Tomaszewski from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Paul White (New Zealand, USA) and Roberto Zironi from the University of Udine (Italy).
The fourth edition of the competition, which took place at the start of April, saw its return to Bordeaux. 59 judges, of 15 different nationalities, evaluated 751 wines from 21 Sauvignon-producing regions around the world, including four newcomers: Slovenia, Serbia, Colombia and Japan (click here to see the results).
The 2015 Competition will take place in Friuli, Italy. The announcement was made at the close of the 2014 edition by Hervé Grandeau, President of the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur interprofession, alongside Marc Medeville and Bernard Vincent, the Competition’s founder. The “torch”, represented by a vine of Sauvignon, was handed over to representatives from the Friuli appellation during the competition's closing ceremony.