International wine competition in Bordeaux – Councours des Citadelles

Vineyard in Greece

Vineyard in Greece, copyright BKWine Photography

Les Citadelles du Vin ( is a wine competition that takes its name from the Citadelle in Bourg and it is in Côte de Bourg that it takes place during three days every year. The latest edition was in June 2009. This year they had decided to launch a Grand Prix to be awarded to wines from a specific wine region. “Danube / Balkans” was the region of choice this time.

The Grand Prix was to be awarded by a “super jury” made up of wine journalists who had the tough task to taste the gold medal winners in the first round of the competition and pick the one for the Grand Prix. BKWine being part of the Grand Prix jury we can attest to that it was not an easy task. There were many very good wines. Our final scores added up, the Grand Prix Danube-Balkans winner was declared and it was the Trockenbeerenauslese 2007 Huxelrebe from Anselmann ( in Pfalz.

We also tasted several Greek wines, one very good white Ovilos 2008 from Biblia Chora in Macedonia ( and a comples and fruity Alpha 2007 made from xinomavro, syrah and merlot by Alpha Estate, also in Macedonia. (

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