The trophy winners of the Concours Signature Bio 2005 received their honours at Millésime Bio organic wine fair, held in Narbonne, on Tuesday 17th January. The competition included 210 wines made from organically grown grapes from the Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions of Mediterranean France, assessed by a tasting panel headed by Marc Medevielle, editor of the magazine Terre de Vins. Gold medal winning Domaine de la Grande Pallière, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2004 was singled out. Other golds from Provence embraced two reds from top biodynamic estate Château Romanin in the tiny AOC Les Baux de Provence, 2004 white and rosé from Domaine du Jas d’Esclans, Domaine des Beynes’ 2004 Chardonnay and the Domaine Terres Blanches Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Blanc 2004.
Languedoc-Roussillon gold medals went to Château des Auzines Corbières Hautes Terres Rouge 2003, Coteaux du Languedoc Cuvée des Pères red 2001 from Vignobles Montfreux de Fages, two Rivesaltes fortified wines made by Jean-Luc and Josiane Pujol at Domaine La Rourède and Domaine Joliette’s oak aged white vin de pays Côtes Catalanes 2003. Full results on www.millesime-bio.com. South of France growers had a strong presence at the show – Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and Corsica account for 53% of the surface area of French certified-organic vineyards – alongside a number of estates from Bordeaux and Rhône; Loire, Burgundy and Alsace; plus Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. The most noticeable and ironic launch was from Domaine Siméoni in St-Chinian, a 100% old Carignan called ‘Vin de Crise, Le Robustoff’ classified as table wine.