The French don't do wine shows like we do in Australia. There are fewer shows and the results carry more prestige. You never see a French wine festooned with gaudy medals from a show somewhere you have never heard of.
Not surprisingly, one of the major shows is staged in the capital, Paris. It is a real achievement to receive a Gold Medal at this show.
We were delighted to see the Domaine Gaston and Pierre Ravaut Ladoix 1er Cru Les Basses Mourottes 2010 collect the top award.
Ladoix-Serigny is part of the trio of communes that produce, amongst other wines, Grand Cru Corton. The name is not well known, but it is possible, if you are a fan of Grand Cru Corton, you have been drinking the wines and loving them.
Ravaut's Gold Medal wine comes from the 1er Cru vineyard Les Basses Mourottes. The "Mourottes" vineyards are part Grand Cru and part Premier Cru. In fact, Ravaut produces Grand Cru Corton from Hautes Mourottes (the upper part of the land). It is not surprising that the wines from the 1er Cru portion feel and taste
very much like Grand Cru Corton.