Luxembourg wines are making a splash with wine experts after 19 local wineries were listed in the latest edition of France’s oldest wine reference guide.
The 2019 Guide Hachette des Vins, listing the best wines selected through blind tastings, has featured Luxembourgish wines since 2010. But the latest edition gives considerable place to the grand duchy’s offerings with 40 wines from 19 producers.
Judges gave the selected wines between 0 (mention) and 3 stars while those that are particularly appealing are tasted a second time by a “super jury”, who may issue a “coup de coeur” or “favourite” label.
Among the Luxembourg wines listed, four won a “coup de coeur”, three received three stars, six won two stars and 10 wines were given one star.
See which estates and wines were listed in the chart below.
Luxembourg has been producing wines in the Moselle region since the time of the Romans. Today scores of estates can be found along the 42-kilometre stretch of river. Among the most commonly-found grape varieties grown in Luxembourg are riesling, rivaner, elbling, pinot gris, pinot blanc, pinot noir, gewürtztraminer, auxerrois and chardonnay.
Luxembourg has its own wine scoring system, which is decided annually by judges who award points in blind tastings. Wines scoring a minimum of 12 points are sold as “marque nationale-appellation controlée”. Wines receiving 14-15.9 points are labelled “vin classé”. Wines scoring a minimum of 16 points can carry the “premier cru” designation and receive a further tasting. Those wines awarded 18 points in this tasting may carry the label “grand premier cru”.