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2021 International Wine & Spirit Competition

The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) is an annual wine and spirit competition. Launched in 1969, the IWSC’s original aim of setting the benchmark for quality in the wine and spirits world still endures today. IWSC judges hail from all over the globe and comprise wine and spirit experts, including leading sommeliers, Master of Wines and Master Sommeliers, and distillers. 

This year, 60 judges evaluated wines from 39 different countries, comprising 329 different grape varieties. From bronze to gold, a total of 3,400 medals were awarded during the 2021 IWSC, including 148 gold medals to superb wines with great personality, character, and complexity, from 19 different countries, including England, Canada, France, and Italy.

Corton Grand Cru 2018: Gold Medal – 97 / 100 Points

“An alluring nose displays an earthy character alongside a complex interplay of vibrant red fruits and black cherries. A fresh palate, balanced with vanilla oak, is underpinned by silky tannins and a lovely backbone. Classic Burgundy as it should be.”

Clos Marey-Monge Monopole 2018: Gold Medal – 95 / 100 Points

“A mineral start, with cranberries and bramble on the nose. Pencil shavings and spicy oak. Dark cherries and bramble lead the powerful and well-focused palate, with prominent tannins and a developing forest-floor character, with autumn leaves on the finish. An excellent example.”

Ladoix Premier Cru “Les Gréchons” 2018: Silver Medal – 91 / 100 Points

“A refined, mineral bouquet, displaying an elegant saline quality. Concentrated flavours of ripe stone fruit, roasted almonds and well-integrated oak spice. A powerful wine with a charming, rounded finish.”

Nuits-Saint-Georges 2018: Silver Medal – 90 / 100 Points

“Perfumed, with violet and rose notes giving way to ripe, red cherries and dried strawberries on a smooth palate. An excellent expression of terroir; a youthful wine displaying great potential.”

Meursault 2018: Bronze Medal – 88 / 100 Points

“A ripe, citrussy style with hints of nectarine, honey, roasted nuts and oatmeal.”

About the International Wine & Spirit Competition

With over 50 years of experience, the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), or Club Oenologique as it was called back in 1969, was the first official wine and spirit competition. The IWSC is proud to set the international benchmark for quality, standing out in the crowded world of drinks awards with hundreds of global experts.