The judges have judged. Three hundred and fifty wines have been put through their paces by a crack team of independent wine merchants and the winners will be announced soon.
This year’s judging was more rigorous than ever. Every wine that reached the final stages of the competition will have been tasted at least six times, and in some cases by as many as 10 judges.
The competition is devoted to wines that are exclusive to independents, and we asked our judges (all independents themselves) to appraise wines in the same way as they would a wine fighting for space on their own shelves. The tasting was blind, though all judges had an indication of where a wine was from, the grapes it contained, and an idea of retail price.
All 50 winners will be unveiled at a pop-up tasting at the London Wine Fair on Tuesday, June 3. The wines will be profiled in a supplement to The Wine Merchant in the summer, along with all the highly commended wines that narrowly missed out on a Top 50 placing.