The Domaine de la Vougeraie’s Bonnes Mares 2008 carried off four trophies and Pierre Vincent was voted best red winemaker of the year at the IWC, one of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions.
Last year, Le Clos de Vougeot 2006, the first vintage handled by Pierre Vincent at the estate, pulled off the same performance.
And with 100% success for the eight appellations submitted this year, the jury underlined the regularity of the wines presented (Gold: Chambolle-Musigny 2007, Bonnes Mares 2008, Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyères 2007, Vougeot Premier Cru Les Cras 2008. Silver: Corton Clos du Roi 2008, Vougeot Premier Cru Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole 2007, Beaune Premier Cru Les Grèves 2007. Bronze: Clos de Vougeot 2008). This is testimony to the talent of the young winemaker who, despite three very challenging vintages, manage to produce some exceptional wines.
These four trophies are all the more prestigious since the International Wine Challenge in London is judged by a jury of unrivaled quality, made up of Masters of Wine and experienced professionals. Among them are some of the world’s finest palates who taste more than 10,000 samples in the course of a year from every wine-producing region in the world.
After awarding the gold medals in each category during the London International Wine Trade Fair in May, the jury reconvened for a blind tasting to choose from amongst those winners the “Award Trophy”. The grand cru Bonnes Mares from the Domaine de la Vougeraie picked up its first gold medal here. Then all the gold medal winners are tasted again and the best wins the Grand Gold Medal.
With the upcoming 2010 vintage already looking like another difficult one given the cold and damp weather conditions, the Domaine de la Vougeraie will once again have to rise to the challenge of pulling off an exceptional result through its painstaking work in the vines throughout the year and the benefits of biodynamic cultivation, which is now used for 29 of the 34 hectares that comprise the estate.