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The Sommeliers Choice Awards provides an opportunity to showcase wines to top on-premise buyers and professionals. Winning a Sommeliers Choice Award is a mark of excellence that is recognized across the wine industry. This platform is especially vital for wine producers or merchants from a non-U.S. wine destination, as it helps win recognition for your wines within the U.S. marketplace.
It is always the battle of the wines at the Sommeliers Choice Awards. Wines from around the world participate to be judged the best by some of the best minds in the global wine trade. Only a few emerge victorious with Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medals. Beyond the score and medal recognition is a league of awards one can win at the Sommeliers Choice Awards.
Wine of The Year By Varietal, Wine of the Year By Country, Wine of the Year, Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass), White Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass), Red Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass), Sparkling Wine of the Year, Sparkling Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass), Rose Wine of the Year, and Rose Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass) are some of the biggest titles up for grabs at the Sommeliers Choice Awards. One of these integral awards is the White Wine of the Year award.
Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2019 is made in the Coteaux de l'Ardèche region and falls under the French appellation of Indication Géographique Protégée Ardèche. It is a Northern Rhône White wine made using Chardonnay varietal. The vineyards are harvested mechanically, the grapes are then pressed. They are immediately transferred into oak barrels that are created by The Cooperage, one of Louis Latour’s wings that exports wine barrels around the world. The fermentation happens in medium-toasted French Oak barrels in a traditional manner. The wine is then aged for approximately 10 months.
The Cellaring Potential of Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2019 is of 3 to 5 years. The ideal serving temperature for this showstopper of a wine is 10-12°, ideally paired with Aperitif, Charcuterie, Shellfish, or Fish. It has an ABV of 12.5%.
The winning wine’s tasting notes read: “Pronounced aromas and flavors of toast, cedar, smoke, vanilla butterscotch, Meyer lemon, golden apple, and pear are perceived. A balanced wine with decent fruit flavors leads to a pleasant and fuller mouthfeel.”
Apart from the category win, Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2019 also won a Double Gold Medal with 96 points, Wine of the Year by Varietal (Chardonnay), and Wine of the Year by Country (France).
Head to Sommeliers Choice Awards to learn more about other award winning wines from around the world.