With 25 countries, Muscats du Monde is the strongest Muscats wine concentration ever realized. It is thus the most significant and legitimate qualitative confrontation for the distinction of best Muscats of the world. All of the Muscat-producing regions in France were well represented: Alsace, Corsica, Languedoc-Roussillon and the Rhône Valley.
Other well-represented countries included Spain, Italy, Portugal and even such faraway countries as South Africa, Australia, Brazil and Chile. The participation of countries such as Bulgaria, Greece and Roumania was also notable.
An international Award list of very high-level of quality
A very high-level of international quality for the 2018 award list: 23 countries in competition and nine on the Top 10 ranking of the best Muscats 2018.
The Top 10 ranking honor nine countries: South Africa, Australia, Cyprus, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Portugal. The sweet wines of late harvest and by “mutage” obtain beautiful Gold Medals. Australia and Hungary occupy the two first places. Two Australian wines, five French wines and three Portuguese wines made the Top Ten.
The good place of France is noted with 7 Gold Medals and 13 Silver Medals. Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence took home a number of prestigious medals. In Europe, Spain, Italy and Portugal distinguished themselves with several medals. Portugal obtains six very beautiful Gold Medals and four Silver Medals. Outside Europe, South Africa, Australia, Brazil and Chile all stood out.
Diversity of Sensorial Expression
Each of the wines that distinguished themselves at Muscats du Monde did so because of their own intrinsic quality, not in comparison with the other wines. This event is therefore a unique opportunity to bring together and discover a wide variety of Muscats wines in all their forms: dry, sweet, still, sparkling, with and with pink to dark red shades. According to the expert judges, this extraordinarily rich group of wines demonstrated a level of sensory complexity rarely encountered with other wines.
Several marks of quality gold and silver were awarded to botrytised, late harvest and special selection. A wide variety of dry, off-dry, sweet, still, sparkling, young, age-worthy wines received favourable notice. Several Gold Medals were awarded to dry wines, which were characterised by an elegant acid balance and by floral, muscat aromas. The sparkling wines were noted for their elegance and lightness (low alcohol). For the sweet wines (vins doux naturels and vins de liqueur), the expert judges had a wide choice of high-quality wines from which to pick the best.
Incontestably the 2018 award list honour naturally sweet and VDN (Sweet Natural Wine) Muscats, Muscats “Hors d'âge” aged in oak barrel and liqueur wines.
The participation of sparkling wines is in increase.
Muscats du Monde® is organised by the Forum Œnologie Association with participation from the Revue des Œnologues and in partnership with:
- The city of Frontignan-la-Peyrade
- The Services Actions Qualité company for competition-related computing services.
- The Paul Bocuse Institut which acts as the sensory assessment centre for the expert judges.