Coupe des Crus
A HIGH-PROFILE COMPETITION
The event is now a tradition. The Saint-Émilion Wine Council brings together wine scholars, journalists, professionals and discerning amateurs for a tasting aimed at selecting 24 “Favourites” in the Saint-Émilion Coupe des Crus. Marc Roisin, a Belgian journalist and columnist at Le Soir, founder and director of the Vinogusto guide, chaired the contest in 2018.
In his introductory address, he encouraged all the participants in these terms: “Don’t let your judgment be swayed by the veteran beside you. Pay attention to your senses, trust yourself!”
The 2018 Coupe des Crus took place on 10th December at the CAPC Contemporary Art Museum in Bordeaux.
A moment of pure delight shared by some 100 participants who tasted approximately 147 different wines to select their 24 Favourites. Yves Beck, a Belgian journalist who is very well known for his outspokenness and reputation on the social networks, chaired the event.
AN ORIGINAL TASTING
The principle and originality of the competition, which has been organised since 1999 by the Saint-Émilion Wine Council, involves a blind tasting of 3 vintages of wines in playoff matches.
The competition ends with a selection of 24 “Favourites”.
In 2018, 147 wines were entered with their 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages. The jury was made up of 100 professionals and discerning amateurs. This top-level competition focuses on consistent quality of the wines over the different years.
For the jury, the watchword is to enjoy the tasting and to trust their senses.
VERY CLOSE MATCHES
The wines compete in a playoff: 2 estates with the same appellation enter three vintages.
In a blind tasting, three jury members choose the winning wine in the selected vintages. The wine that is not chosen is eliminated and the winner goes on to a new match with another winning estate.
There are 5 categories:
A PRESTIGIOUS SHOWCASE
The selection of “Favourites” is then showcased throughout the year. A booklet presenting the wines selected is provided to the press and sent to wine professionals (wine retailers, restaurants, etc.).
The “Favourites” are presented at tastings for national and international media journalists.
These wines are also presented during the primeurs campaign, at Tasting Lounge workshops and at special events.
Many great moments to look forward to.
La coupe des crus 2019 FACTS AND FIGURES
JOIN THE COUPE DES CRUS JURY
Whether you are a professional or a discerning amateur, you can take part in this great competition by being a member of the jury, which is made up of 100 tasters with a variety of backgrounds.
Jury members take turns to perform the blind tastings.
Wine professionals, wine and gastronomy journalists, brokers, wine retailers, sommeliers, bloggers, oenologists and wine merchants taste wines alongside students in wine professions or members of wine tasting clubs, oenological societies or sommelier groups.