Spain’s Araex Grands Tops Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017 Prize List
ARAEX Grands, the Spanish fine wines group, won more medals than any other producer at the recent Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, with four Grand Gold and 12 Gold medals in a blind tasting of more than 9,000 wines.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, ARAEX Grands Spanish Fine Wines is made up of 13 bodegas in nine distinct Designations of Origin and encompasses wine enterprises such as Rolland & Galarreta and Cava Villa Conchi, chosen as the revelation cava and “Best Sparkling Wine from Spain”. Concours chairman Baudouin Havaux congratulated the Spanish producer saying, “No international producer has won more medals at this year’s event than ARAEX Grands, a fact that marks a success for Spain and Rioja Alavesa in particular as an indication of the extremely high quality of its wines. Congratulations to Javier and all the ARAEX Grands bodegas!”
Despite its name, the 24th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) was actually held this year in Spain, and brought together 320 journalists, buyers, winemakers and sommeliers from more than 51 countries in Valladolid. For this year’s competition, 9,080 wines from 50 countries vied for a Concours Mondial gold medal. Spain, the host country, submitted 2,002 wines. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), Spain is “a clear leader in terms of area under cultivation, with almost a million hectares”.
It is the world’s leading exporter, with 229 million litres and 22% of the global market.
GRAND GOLD MEDALS FOR ARAEX
- Villa Conchi Brut Imperial Reserva 2011 “Best Sparkling Wine from Spain”
- Amaren Tempranillo Reserva 2009
- Castillo Labastida Ermita Santa Lucia 2016
- Baigorri Belus 2013
GOLD MEDALS FOR ARAEX
- Baigorri Reserva 2009
- Baigorri Garnacha 2013
- Ángeles de Amaren 2011
- Montebuena Crianza 2013
- Castillo Labastida Reserva 2011
- Rolland & Galarreta Rioja 2012
- Lar de Paula Oak Aged 2015 Altos R Pigeage 2014
- Condesa Eylo 2016
- Rolland & Galarreta Verdejo 2015
- Val de Vid Verdejo 2016
- Tierras de Cair 2011
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Photo: Villa Conchi Brut Imperial Reserva 2011 ” Best Spanish Sparkling Wine”