The Best Value Vin de France Selection for 2020 has been revealed

The ‘Best Value Vin de France Selection’ for 2020 has been revealed, featuring 131 wines chosen by an international jury last month in Paris.

With OIV regulations capping medals at 30% of entries, 131 wines gained medals from a total of 435 samples, all of which must be classified as Vin de France.

Notable was the high number of Gold medals awarded in this year’s blind tasting selection, with an 80% increase in samples gaining the top medal year on year – 29 gained a Gold in 2019 compared to 52 this year.

Meanwhile, the number of Silvers awarded in the 2020 competition totalled 79.

Valérie Pajotin, competition organiser and director of ANIVIN de France told the drinks business at an event on last month to celebrate 10 years since the foundation of the Vin de France classification that the results from this year’s tasting were better than ever before.

The selection, which comprises Vin de France wines from as many as 56 companies, will be used across all marketing activities in 2020 by ANIVIN, which manages the organisation and promotions for this important category.

The wines were chosen in Paris at a blind tasting, which was moderated by members of the Oenologues de France, and featured tasters from as many as 14 different countries.

As previously reported by db, the Vin de France classification was first unveiled in 2009, and is enjoying its 10-year anniversary this year.

In that period, it has surged from nothing to 340 million bottles, as consumers embrace its combination of good value positioning and varietal labelling – Vin de France allows producers to blend across regions and specify the grape variety and vintage on the front label.

With sales reaching 340m, 10 bottles of wine carrying the Vin de France classification are now bought every second somewhere in the world, and sales are still on the up, particular in markets such as the US, Canada, Australia, and Sweden.

Indeed, with a strong export focus, almost three quarters of all wines classified as Vin de France are shipped beyond the source country’s borders.

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Over the following pages, db has compiled a list of all the medal-winning wines from this year’s Best Value Vin de France Selection, along with comments from the judges in this year’s competition, and some facts on the Vin de France category.

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