On this occasion, the Federation of Trade Unions producers of Châteauneuf-du-Pape held its 48th Wine Competition of Saint Marc, which crowns the best wines of the appellation. The competition focused on wines from the last harvest (2013 ) and old wines (2010), in both white and red.
166 samples were tasted, blind, by a jury composed of professionals and amateurs. The screening took place on April 9 before an ultimate final selection a few days later.
The 48th Saint Marc awards ceremony was held Friday, April 25, 2014 during a gala dinner in the Dining Dufays Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It brought together 500 people, including growers, traders, elected officials, personalities and fans of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. President of the Federation of Unions of Producers , Bruno Le Roy Boiseaumarié - son of the famous baron - recognize the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC and opened the ceremony with Claude Avril , the new mayor of the town.
The ceremony was held under the theme of the education, with guests: Michel Receveur, National President of Disciples Escoffier; guest of honor, Philippe Faure Brac, World's Best Sommelier 1992; Jeb Dunnuck , journalist for the Wine Advocate; Laurent Azoulay, a young Michelin starred chef; Jean-Jacques Provost; and restaurateur Bruno d' Angelis, starred chef of the restaurant "La Vieille Fontaine" in the Hotel de l'Europe in Avignon. The latter prepared the meal for the evening, and working with leaders Helen Catering, faithfully and beautifully reproduced the proposed menu.
This evening was especially to unveil the winners who were awarded a diploma and a glazed tile. Many tiles (fourteenth century) were originally collected during excavations of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape castle in 1960 and became a historical landmark châteauneuvois. The winning wines were tasted during the meal, and after each results announcement, everyone could enjoy, compare, and try the winning wines from the competition. Later in the evening , the hymn Provencal "Coupo Santo" was sung by the winemakers, celebrities and elected officials...