Last night the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards were held in the soon-to-be-revamped Royal Academy of Arts.
Roederer used the occasion to unveil its new Cristal 2007, which will be available to the on-trade in the next few weeks. It's made using 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay, using fruit from the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Côtes des Blancs, with 15% of the wines matured in oak barrels. Showing beautiful freshness and fruit, it was pleasantly evolved, with a wonderful savoury quality. It's yours for £99.81, trade price.
As for the awards, they saw Tim Atkin MW being named International Feature Writer of the Year for his work in Imbibe, amongst other titles.
Other winners included:
Andrew Barrow (Artistry of Wine Award)
Dan Keeling (Emerging Wine Writer)
Francis Percival (Food and Wine Writer)
Victoria Moore (Online Communicator)
Native Wine Grapes of Italy by Ian D'Agata (Wine Book of the Year)
Victoria Moore (Wine Columnist)
Alder Yarrow (Chairman's Award)
The awards were judged by Charles Metcalfe, Dr Neil Beckett, Nina Caplan, Jancis Robinson OBE MW and Gabriel Stone.
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