A silver medal for Mirabeau Classic at the International Wine Challenge

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The International Wine Challenge is a tough competition all round and is often cited as world’s most meticulously judged event. For starters the list of judges is enormous and they are all internationally renowned wine specialists who descend on London for this huge tasting at the Oval. Secondly they taste completely blind and on no less than three separate occasions. So there’s no chance for nice design and good marketing speak to make any impact, nor the possibility that a particular situation would cloud your judgement. All the wines are hidden under rather unattractive black plastic bags, so for once only colour, smell and taste will matter.

Mirabeau Classic rose IWC quote

We don’t know how many wines entered the Rosé category from Provence, but during the first round wines that are not exceptional are discarded. Only those that already pass this first test are put forward for further tasting and get commended or a more precious medal.

We are therefore really pleased to have scooped a Silver medal in the face of very stiff and accomplished competition from this area. Silver was the highest award given to our category and we have proved yet again that you can buy a great Rosé at a more reasonable price than a lot of the competition. The beautiful tasting notes given to Mirabeau Classic illustrate that the judges really enjoyed this wine and having succeeded in this truly unbiased tasting has put a real spring in our step.

You can refer to the full list of award winning Rosés here (we are on page 3).

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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