Cantons Geneva and Vaud this week announced the winners of their “Selections”, the official wine competitions that each year name the best local wines in several categories.
For Geneva, the wines are blind-tasted by a group of professionals trained by the cantonal wine office; the winners then represent the canton at several other wine competitions, nationally and internationally, during the year. A particularity of this competition is that the wines are not tasted in the same order by the judges, which is commonly done for other competitions where small groups of judges share a table. The 2018 Selection was made from 533 wines and the winners announced at a gala event 20 June with local authorities featuring among the guests.
Vaud’s competition judges are made up of a mixed group – oenologists, sommeliers, hotel and wine industry managers and journalists. This year saw 937 wines entered in the competition.
Top 2018 wines from Geneva
Special prizes listed below; good detail about the competition here, with the complete list of 49 gold medal winners, minimum of 88.16 points out of a possible 100.
Sanglier (boar) prize for the wine with the highest number of points: Pinot Noir 2015, vignoble de la République et Canton de Genève.
Marcassin (young boar) bronze prize for the wine selected by students at the Ecole Hôtelière de Genève (EHG): Muscat 2017, Marc Ramu, Clos des Pins.
Fox bronze prize for the favourite wine selected by the cafe and restaurant industry in Geneva: Domaine du Paradis Garanoir rosé 2017.
Press favourite, Domaine de la Planta, Esprit de Genève red blend 2015.
Trophée Tradition to the winery with the best average for its Chasselas and Gamay wines, offered by the Compagnie des Vieux-Grenadiers: Sarah Meylan, Domaine de la Vigne Blanche.
Swiss Wine Promotion prize for the best sparkling wine, Domaine de la Planta, Azimut 2012.
Top 2018 wines from Vaud
Two special awards were given and 122 wines won gold (at least 90 points out of 100) medals, 178 silver; the results were announced 21 June. Complete, searchable list of winners
Master Swiss Wine prize, 93.4 points for the overall winner, sweet wine Le Champagnoux, Eric Schopfer 2015, Solaris grape.
Bio (organic) Vaud prize, Yvan Parmelin, Domaine de la Croix, Pinot Noir 2016, 90.8 points.
Top by category:
Chasselas, Calamin Grand Cru La Béguine, family Dizerens
Chasselas older vintages, Château La Batie, 1er Grand Cru 2016 Vinzel
Red blends, Martial Neyroud, 1807 Rouge 2016
Pinot Noir, Domaine de Chantegrive, Soprano 2016
Gamay, Pierre-Yves Poget, Le Clos 2017.