This year the judging for the Decanter World Wine Awards was held in mid-June. Between Monday 14th and Thursday 17th June the Loire panel tasted 325 wines under strict Covid precautions. We had to test negative for COVID each morning using the NHS lateral test – swabbing your tonsils and one nostril isn’t the greatest start to the day!
In normal years there are four to each DWWA panel but last year there have only been three, so for the Loire myself as Regional Chair and two others. This year I was joined by Chris Hardy (Charles Sydney Wines Ltd), Chris Kissack (The Wine Doctor) and Nigel Wilkinson of RSJ Restaurant fame now closed as Nigel has retired. We sat well spaced with a perspex shield down the centre of the table.
We awarded five golds two of which were further elevated – 2018 Savennières Roche-aux-Moines, Château Pierre-Bise to one of the Best in Show wines, so one of the 50 best from the 18094 wines entered this year! The 2016 Chinon La Rougerie from Domaine de Pallus was made Platinum after being tasted by a super-jury. The three other Golds were another wine from Château Pierre-Bise – 2018 Les Rouannières, Coteaux-du-Layon Beaulieu.
Next – a Muscadet Cru Communaux – 2016 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Château-Thébaud from Domaine Haute-Févrie.
Finally a fine dry Anjou Chenin Blanc from Donatien-Bahuaud (now part of Ackerman) – the 2019 Terroirs Chenin.
2019 Terroirs Chenin, Anjou,