Languedoc-Roussillon / South-West best wines 2018
The competition year launched with the blind judging by a panel of leading experts chaired by Tim Atkin MW on 5 April 201 8 in London. Following this is the opportunity for the wine trade to taste all-new Top 100 wines and meet producers at the London Wine Fair 21 to 23 May. A nationwide campaign will then assist wine merchants and restaurants to market these wines, as the competition showcases the diversity and quality from Occitanie (including the Languedoc and the Roussillon vineyards as well as part of the Rhône Valley and the South – West), the biggest wine growing region in France. The campaign extends with a consumer tastings programme, hosted at wine shows and gourmet festivals.
The Top 100 encourage s producers of all sizes to show their best wines without restrictive criteria such as pricing bands. This has created a welcome environment for open – minded judging and attracts an impressive panel of judges. The campaign actively promotes the distribution and availability of these Top 100 wines in the UK via on and off – trade outlets. It also encourages consumers to taste and buy these wines and continue to discover more wines from the region.
The region expanded in 2017 and is the world’s largest wine-producing region, with a growing reputation for exceptional quality wines at a variety of price points. The Sud de France – Languedoc – Roussillon / Sud – Ouest – Top 100 competition not only helps the wine trade choose from some of the best appellations and terroirs made with a large array of international and indigenous grape varieties, it also reaches out to consumers.