Luxembourg wines honored with “Coup de Cœur”
Three Luxembourg wines were recognized at a ceremony in Paris on Wednesday night with the esteemed “Coup de Cœur” distinction in the newly released Guide Hachette des Vins 2012.
The guide reviews wines from France, Switzerland and Luxembourg and reserves the coup de cœur for the very best of the wines deemed “exceptional” by judges.
The Luxembourg vintners receiving this distinction were: Domaine Sunnen-Hoffmann of Remerschen for their Riesling 2010, Sélection Domaine et Tradition, Wintrange Felsbierg; Caves Bernard-Massard of Grevenmacher for their Pinot Blanc 2010, Grand Premier Cru, Côtes de Grevenmacher; and Caves St. Martin of Remich for their Crémant de Luxembourg, Crémant St. Martin brut. The labels of these three wines have been reproduced in the 2012 guide.
“This is a recognition for the vintners for their hard work in the vineyard and in the cellar, that their wines are recognized internationally; especially by such a well-known, international French wine guide,” said Nathalie Scalliet-Reckinger, marketing manager for Vins & Crémants de Luxembourg, the promotional commission for Luxembourg wines.
Luxembourg submitted a total of 128 wine samples to be reviewed by the Guide Hachette; 39 were selected to appear in the 2012 guide.
Since 1985, the Guide Hachette des Vins has reviewed wine submitted by winemakers in France, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Its panel of judges consists of oenologists, wine traders, sommeliers and other industry experts who conduct up to 36,000 blind tastings annually. The 2012 guide contains a total selection of 9,979 wines.
The Guide Hachette des Vins 2012 was released on August 31 and is available online at www.hachette-vins.com and in bookstores around the country.