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Decanter World Wine Awards 2019: See the Best in Show Winners

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2019: See the Best in Show Winners
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Following two weeks of rigorous judging, Decanter World Wine Awards has released the long awaited results of the 16th edition, including the prized "Best in Show" winners.

Two hundred and eighty of the world’s top wine experts spent a fortnight blind tasting close to 17,000 wines yielding results in several categories. Of the more than 16,500 wines tasted, only 50 (0.3%) received the esteemed Best in Show medal, followed by 148 Platinum, 480 Gold, 4,164 Silver and 7,376 Bronze medals.

Best in Show

Four of the countries with the highest number of best in show wines hail from the old world. Wine giant France came out on top for a second consecutive year winning 13 Best in Show awards and the most in this year’s competition. Spain claimed second spot receiving eight, while Australia and Portugal came in joint third with six Best in Show medals each. Italy came in a close fifth. Other suprise countries appearing in the top 50 wines list included the UK, Georgia and Greece.

Here's a closer look at the top four wine countries and bottles winning them most "Best in show" awards at this year. For the full list visit Decanter.

France - Best in Show Winners

France reigned victorious once again, winning 13 of the 50 Best in Show medals. Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhône and Provence did particularly well. Prices prices range from an acessible £23.95 up to an eye watering £350.

SCE Vignobles Fillon, Château Queyron Pindefleurs, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France 2016.
Château de Meursault, Les Charmes Dessus, Meursault 1er Cru, Burgundy, France 2017.
Château de Meursault, Clos des Epenots, Pommard 1er Cru, Burgundy, France 2017.
Domaine de la Vougeraie, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Burgundy, France 2016.
Domaine Laurent Habrard, Sainte Epine, Saint-Joseph, Rhône, France 2017.
Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, Champagne, France 2004.
Rare, Rosé Brut, Champagne, Champagne, France 2008.
De Saint-Gall, Orpale Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru, Champagne, Champagne, France 2004
Domaine Brusset, Les Hauts de Montmirail, Gigondas, Rhône, France 2017. 
Christian Moreau Pére et Fils, Les Clos, Chablis Grand Cru, Burgundy, France 2017.
Domaine La Suffrene, Bandol, Provence, France 2018.
Dopff-au-Moulin, Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Brand, Alsace, France 2017.
Bergerie du Capucin, Larmanela, Languedoc Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2016

 

Spain

Spain, in second place,  received a total of eight Best in Show medals with sherry receiving two Best in Show medals. Most bottles on the list sit between the £25 to £90 mark.

Lustau, Almacenista Antonio Caballero y Sobrinos Del Castillo, Amontillado, Sherry, Spain NV. 
Lustau, 30 Years Old V.O.R.S, Oloroso, Sherry, Spain NV.
Bodegas y Viñedos de Cal Grau, Les Ones Samsó, Not Applicable, Priorat, Spain 2015. 
Bodegas Fillaboa, La Fillaboa 1898 Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain 2010 Finca Azaya, Castilla y Léon, Spain 2017.
Finca Azaya, Castilla y Léon, Spain 2017. 
El Coto, Coto de Imaz, Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2012. 
Ramón do Casar, Nobre Treixadura, Ribeiro, Spain 2017 Torres, Grans Muralles, Conca de Barberà, Spain 2014
El Coto, Coto de Imaz, Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2012.
 

Australia

Australia and Portugal drew equal with six Best in Show medals. Shiraz was hitting high notes scooping half of the medals in the best in show category. Prices per bottle range from £46.99 up to £160 in thier winning list below.

Brokenwood, Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia 2017.
Shingleback, The Gate Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia 2017
Campbells, Rare Merchant Prince Muscat, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia NV. 
Kilikanoon, Attunga 1865 Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia 2014.
McGuigan, Bin 9000 Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia 2007
Dawson James, Chardonnay, Derwent Valley, Tasmania, Australia 2015

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Portugal

Portuguese wines also scooped an impressive six Best in Show medals, with three being picked up by fortified wines of Port and Madeira. Portugal also boasts one of the most affordable bottles with Quinta dos Castelares, Superior, Superiore from Douro coming in at just £12.40.

Henriques & Henriques, 20 Year Old Verdelho, Not Applicable, Madeira, Portugal NV. 
Quinta de Ventozelo, Late Bottled Vintage, Port, Portugal 2014 Kopke, Colheita, Port, Portugal 1979.
Kopke, Colheita, Port, Portugal 1979.
João Brito e Cunha, Quinta de S. José Reserva, Douro, Portugal 2016
Quinta dos Castelares, Superior, Superiore, Douro, Portugal 2016. 
Agri-Roncão, Dr Port, 30 Year Old Tawny, Port, Portugal NV 

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