Four cups were awarded during the launch of Vinexpo to the best crus of Saint-Emilion and its surroundings on Sunday 14 June 2015. A challenge organised by the Conseil des Vins de Saint-Emilion, Terre de Vins and Riedel. Find out who the winners of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation are !
“It’s always a great event to be honoured, because the competition really was very tough. Still, I think this recognition is well deserved because we did a lot, it took a lot of effort to get to this level of wine. I have a belief, it’s that wine should accompany the meal. They are not contest wines. It’s an expression of the land, and the Délice represents just that. I am particularly proud that this wine was rewarded. Quality in Saint-Emilion, we have been advocating for centuries. We work with magnificent lands, that we all enhance in a way with our unique criteria. It is true that this Coupe des Crus has the level of the Saint-Emilion Grand Crus that are there, I mean they are rich wines, silky, ample, generous. So yes, the level is obviously high. It’s even more of a satisfaction to be a finalist in the Coupe des Crus in such an environment. Winning this cup is a satisfaction to be recognised by my peers. Because it is a jury of professionals: winemakers, oenologists or wine professionals who taste the wines. But it’s also the will to go even further. It really is one more step forward and I hope there will be many more. So 2010, 2011, 2012: the years presented at the Coupe des Crus; it’s true that to me they were years where I can refine the processes year after year. 2010 is a complete wine. There was everything in the 2010. It’s has a nice acidity, a remarkable tannic form, alcohol… everything is there in the 2010. With the 2011, we have a tannic structure that is less important. But we have a structure which is quite firm with silky tannins, which is elegant. It’s very firm. It’s very fine, there is a lot of finesse. And in 2012, we reach such finesse and such aromatic complexity that the wine becomes a glass of pleasure and not a bottle of pleasure anymore. My philosophy of wine, for me… it starts with a philosophy of respect of the environment, respect from the plantation to the consumer. It comes from all the stages, planting, the trimming, the green works on the vine, the harvest and the winemaking. It’s the consistency and the long-term work. It’s the constant search for progression and perfection. It’s a lot of precision, I think, to get to making great wines, to be able to really magnify the grape, to work with excellence. It’s the passion and the precision. To me, wine is a set of different things. It’s the land. It’s history. It’s also the friendship. It’s also the pleasure. It’s also the culture. It’s also the zest for life. You really need to be patient, to listen, To observe and finally to trust yourself. I think that what will differentiate all the châteaux of the region, is the person who makes the wine or the owner who, when they taste, says “this is what I want”. It’s very important to have this winemaking image in the wine, because it is indeed the man who makes the wine. And each of them tastes different, we all make different wines. I find that’s what is magical.”