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Roussillon white wines: panel tasting results

Explore the personality and warmth of France’s far southwest in these fascinating dry white styles, which showed good, consistent scoring.

Rosemary George MW, Justin Howard-Sneyd MW and Daphne Teremetz tasted 84 wines, with 1 Outstanding and 31 Highly recommended.

Roussillon white wines panel tasting scores

84 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 1

Highly recommended 31

Recommended 51

Commended 1

Fair 0

Poor 0

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-release still white wines from the APs Côtes du Roussillon and Collioure or IGP areas Côtes Catalanes and Côte Vermeille

If you have never drunk any white wine from Roussillon, you are in for a complete surprise. Who would have thought that this sun-soaked, arid terrain could produce such elegant white wines, with lively acidity? My fellow judge, Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, summed it up when he said: ‘One of the major takeaways from the Master of Wine trip to the Roussillon in 2019 was the sheer quality of the white wines.’ And I agree.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the Roussillon white wine panel tasting

Roussillon white wines panel tasting scores

The following wines all scored 90 points or above

The judges

Rosemary George MW is a wine writer based in London and the south of France. Author of more than a dozen books on wine, her latest is The Wines of Roussillon (£35 Infinite Ideas, April 2021). She publishes her own blog focusing on the Languedoc.

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is the DWWA Regional Chair for Languedoc- Roussillon. A former wine buyer in UK multiple retail, he is a wine trade consultant via his company The Hive Wine Consulting, and also produces his own wines in Roussillon at the 4ha Domaine of the Bee.

Daphne Teremetz is a wine buyer at UK grocer Waitrose, responsible for managing and sourcing wines from Bordeaux, Loire, Rhône and Alsace, and previously regional France, too. Born in northern France, she is based in London and is a DWWA judge for French categories.

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