Pays d'Oc IGP - The Collection 2013

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A jury of 15 wine experts from around the world selected the Pays d’Oc IGP Collection 2013 in Carcassonne on May 14th this year, awarding 16 gold medals and 41 silver medals.

Originally created in 2007 by The Pays d’Oc IGP Wine Producers Union, Pays d’Oc IGP Collectionis an annual competition designed to reward wines that best represent the Pays d’Oc IGP Premium segment. Drawn from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Pays d’Oc IGP currently represents 90,000 hectares of vines and offers a palette of 56 permitted grape varieties. The Collection reflects the ability of the denomination’s winemakers to create innovative, premium varietal wine while preserving their heritage.

57 wines were chosen to form part of Pays d’Oc IGP Collection 2013 by a jury of wine experts and wine enthusiasts during a blind tasting before being judged a week later by a Grand Jury composed of 15 international journalists and sommeliers from 7 different countries. Out of the 57 wines judged, 16 were awarded a Gold medal and consequently designated as Pays d’Oc IGP Ambassadors by the Grand Jury, which includedMatt Walls(wine blogger, wine writer and Pays d’Oc IGP Communicator of the Year) representing the UK.

Commenting on The Collection 2013, Walls said “Representing the UK in this year’s Pays d’Oc IGP Collection tasting was a fascinating couple of days. Overall I was impressed with the quality, but it was the variety of grape varieties and styles that made the tasting so eye-opening. Before the tasting I wouldn’t have guessed that a Cabernet Franc or a Niellucio would make the final cut, but that’s long been a characteristic of the Pays d’Oc IGP – its tendency to innovate and surprise. I was particularly impressed by the quality of the Syrahs, and the whites are going from strength to strength. The tasting itself was well organised, with a good spread of nationalities and professions. “