Tue 11 Jun 2013

Wine Champions 2013: The Results!


The 2013 Wine Champions have now been unveiled; the result of our buyers blind-tasting some 534 wines to find the perfect bottles for drinking now. We hope you enjoy the fruits of 17 painstaking, labour-intensive and thoroughly enjoyable tasting sessions.

And the winners are…
You can browse the winners online here, whilst those wishing to find out more can enjoy the following video interview with The Society’s head of buying, Tim Sykes, on the 2013 Championship, including footage of the tastings:

Jo Locke MW and Mark Buckenham

Jo Locke MW and Mark Buckenham assessing the candidates during this year’s tastings.

Last week, I updated Grapevine readers with some of my impressions from the 2013 tastings, including a few trends I was able to reveal (such as the welcome return of sauvignon blanc).

There were also several things I wasn’t able to reveal owing to the embargo on announcing winners until the publication of the offer. I am now delighted to be able to divulge them!

The under-£6 red that became the most successful champion in the entire 13-year history of Wine Champions, winning an unprecedented clean sweep of full marks from every taster.
Take a bow, The Society’s French Full Red!

The under-£8 sherry that stole the Fortified tasting with its remarkable, brain-boggling array of flavours (and for that matter the similarly priced sweet wine that impressed among grand cru classics at 10 times the price).
Romate Maribel Amontillado and Cono Sur Riesling Noble, 2011 respectively.

Janet Wynne Evans

Janet Wynne Evans

The cheapest white in the offer that put several seasoned tasters in mind of a far more expensive ‘taste-alike’.
The Society’s Chilean Chardonnay, Limarí Valley was yet again a giant-killing star of the chardonnay tasting. Its combination of richness and refinement reminded a number of us of Burgundy: some testament to the striking quality and value we continue to find in this popular wine and in the Limarí Valley region as a whole.

And the grower that bagged a rare hat-trick of Champions (no mean feat when pitted against some 500+ opponents).
This honour went to three showstopping, crystalline German rieslings from Weingut Von Kesselstatt, available to try in a special six-bottle mixed case put together to celebrate the achievement.

All that remains is to wish you happy drinking – do let us know what you think – and to advise those looking for a special bottle in due course that the 2013 Fine Wine Champions will be unveiled in August’s Fine Wine List.

Martin Brown
Digital Copywriter


  1. John McCarroll says:

    I look forward to reading the detail and enjoying a glass of these recommended wines.

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