With the purpose of showing the current productive reality of Mexican wine, the Wine Bar by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles received Jancis Robinson MW in a historic tasting of 27 wines from the main wine-producing states of Mexico. The tasting, which marks a milestone in the history of Mexican wine, was conducted by the renowned sommelier Sandra Fernández; Manuel Negrete, wine director of the Wine Bar by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, and Carlos Borboa, director for North America and Latin America of the CMB.
“Being very conscious about its carbon footprint, Jancis Robinson MW wanted to take advantage of the trip she had to the United States, where she participated in a series of symposiums on sustainability, to visit Mexico City and learn about the latest production trends in the national wine industry”, explained Carlos Borboa.
“Beyond the excitement of receiving one of the great personalities of the world of wine, we knew that this was a unique opportunity to integrate a tasting with the greatest exponents of the Mexican wine industry, in a confidential manner, far from media reflectors and , mainly, in a venue as special as the Wine Bar by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Of course, the final selection was the result of joint work with Manuel Negrete, the best young sommelier in Mexico, and Sandra Fernández, one of the leading experts in national wine”.
The tasting included 27 wines of all types produced in Mexico: sparkling, white, orange, rosé, red and dessert wines, from 7 of the 15 producing states of Mexico… Baja California, the main production center nationwide; Coahuila, host region of the last México Selection by CMB 2022 and Casa Madero, the oldest winery in America, founded in 1597; Guanajuato, host city for the next edition of the CMB 2024 White and Red Wine Session, and Querétaro, the main producer of sparkling wine in the country and the southernmost region of the Northern Hemisphere, home of Grupo Henkell-Freixenet winery. Wines from Aguascalientes, Chihuahua and San Luis Potosí were also included. The selection included award winning wines from the different sessions of the CMB, as well as products that did not participate in the world wine contest but that stand out for their great expression and quality in the senses.
During the tasting, sommelier Manuel Negrete also offered an audiovisual presentation with key information on the current situation of Mexican wine: production and consumption figures, production regions and trends, as well as specific data regarding the producing wineries together with satellite images, information on soils and rainfall, production methods and oenological practices of each region.
The historic tasting lasted almost 6 hours, in which Jancis Robinson MW was able to ask specific and accurate questions about the regions, wineries, winemakers, and trends in Mexican wine. His impressions can be found in three articles published in the Financial Times and his own website JancisRobinson.com
A tour of Mexico in 27 wines
The tasting brought together the wines that best summarize the current productive well-being of Mexico and that manage to fully expose their terroir, that shine in winemaking and meet complexity and sensory balance, from all corners of the country.
Hypatia Blanc de Blancs, El Cielo, 2018. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Terra Mädi Brut, Finca Sala Vivé by Freixenet México, NV. Ezequiel Montes, Querétaro
Chenin Blanc, Bodega Los Cedros, 2021. Arteaga, Coahuila
Anónimo Riesling, Vinos Anónimo, 2020. Cosío, Aguascalientes
Don Luis Viognier, Vinos L.A. Cetto, 2021. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Canto de Sirenas Sauvignon Blanc, Los Arcángeles, 2020. Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato
G&G by Gina Sommelier Sauvignon Blanc, El Cielo, 2018. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Chardonnay Reserva, Bodegas de Cote, 2017. Ezequiel Montes, Querétaro
Gran Ricardo Sauvignon Blanc, Monte Xanic, 2021. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Rosé, Vinícola Tres Raíces, 2021. Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato
Rosato, Villa Montefiori, 2022. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Rosado, Camino Corazón, 2022. Valle de Parras, Coahuila
RG|MX Naranja, Rivero González, 2021. Valle de Parras, Coahuila
Tres Ríos Malbec, Vereda de Plata, 2020. Satevó, Chihuahua
Redes, Casa Zamora, 2018. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Viña Secreta Syrah, Vinícola El Secreto, 2020. Cosío, Aguascalientes
Pájaro Azul, Vinos Guanamé, 2018. San Felipe, Guanajuato
Enoteca Rocha Zazueta Mezcla Bordalesa Gran Reserva, Viñas de la Erre, 2012. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Reserva, Casa Anza, 2018. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Parvada Reserva, Vinícola Parvada, 2018. Valle de Parras, Coahuila
Reserva Syrah, Cava Quintanilla, 2018. Moctezuma, San Luis Potosí
Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Vinos Don Leo, 2013. Valle de Parras, Coahuila
Teziano Nebbiolo, Tintos del Norte 32, 2017. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Santos Brujos Tempranillo, Viñas del Sol, 2018. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Merlot, Parque Enológico Puerta del Lobo, 2019. El Marqués, Querétaro
La Carrodilla Syrah, Vinícola La Carrodilla, 2018. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Cosecha Tardía, Casa Madero, 2021. Valle de Parras, Coahuila
About the Wine Bar by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
The Wine Bar by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is the first Wine Bar associated with the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of the highest benchmarks in the international wine and spirits contests.
Among its tables, consumers and lovers of wine and spirits can access the award-winning labels on the different platforms of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Every day, the Wine Bar by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles makes its facilities available to the winning wineries of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, for the sale and promotion of all their award-winning wines and spirits. Every year, more than 500 labels are available to drink by the glass, bottle or tasting, for about 1,500 visitors and some 10 fixed private events every month.
The labels presented change periodically to multiply the experiences of visitors and refer to a maximum number of products awarded with medals from the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. More at https://www.winebarbycmb.com/