21 March 2020


Lyon is recognised as the capital of gastronomy and good taste, and so it was only natural that the city should be a showcase for the world’s best wines, and since 2015 the selection of the best beers, and spirits
The Concours International de Lyon has a reputation in keeping with its prestigious partners: Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, the Association des Sommeliers de Rhône Alpes, Metro... The enthusiasm for this competition is widespread.

In 2019, some 7645 samples from 40 countries were tasted, and millions of bottles won medals.
International tasters from all sectors (oenologists, sommeliers, restaurateurs, producers, wine shop owners, as well as knowledgeable consumers) have made this competition an important event on their agenda. The position of honorary president alternates between a well-known sommelier and a chef from Lyon.

Results

The Competition’s commitments


Jurors’ expertise

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Communication on all fronts

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Influential, committed partners

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Famous honorary presidents

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Official validation and verifications

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Marketing tools

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Every second, a bottle of an award-winner is sold somewhere in the world.

The Competition has gained the confidence of producers and buyers across the world.

Key figures


%
Average increase in the price
of a product with a gold medal
Average age of tasters
%
Women tasters at the most recent edition
Mentions in
one year
Samples tasted at the most recent edition
Medal sold per second
somewhere in the world
countries participating
for the past 3 years
Nationalities represented in the
tasters’ ranks for the past 3 years

Communication on all fronts

The competition does not stop with the tasting.
Our communications department makes sure that journalists, national and international decision-makers and buyers all hear about the products that are awarded a medal and are aware of the competition’s major events. Results are transmitted to:

  • Mainstream print media: Publications in several French news magazines –« Le Nouvel Obs » « Le Parisien », « Le Figaro », « Le Progrès », « Cuisine et Vins de France »...
  • Specialised print media: Publications in «La Vigne», «Rayon Boissons», « Mon Viti », « Annuaire Professionnel de la Brasserie de Robert Dutin »...
  • International press: 6 700 journalists are informed of the results as soon as they are published (mainstream journalists, wine writers and critics, magazines and newspapers, etc.)
  • Buyers: 6 400 receive the list of award winners, as do wine bars, supermarket buyers, sommeliers associations, etc.
  • Export: 5 200 agents and importers also receive the results.
  • Distribution networks: The information is sent to various emanations of the wine industry such as professional associations, winegrowers associations, cooperatives, etc.
  • The Internet: The competition has partnership agreements with influential wine websites, tasting clubs, blogs, etc.

Partnership with Le Progrès

This year the competition has joined forces with the daily newspaper Le Progrès for the publication of a special supplement dedicated to the Lyon International Competition 2019 and its award-winning bottles.

The supplement will go online before the summer with information on the competition, but also on the wine sector, key market figures, descriptions of award-winners and a complete report on this 10th edition!

Influential, committed partners

After the tasting, competition partners take charge of relaying results.

Les Toques Blanches: Great chefs from Lyon who are members of this association are on the competition’s juries.

Association des Sommeliers Lyonnais et Rhône–Alpes: this association actively supports the competition. Many sommeliers are present on the day of the tasting.

Metro Cash and Carry: food supplier for most restaurants, this wholesaler has a large cellar with a wide selection of products from all regions of France and from all over the world.

ONLYLYON & City of Lyon: Tourism and gastronomy are part and parcel of Lyon. So the Lyon International Competition is naturally in the limelight in Lyon and surrounding areas, as are the competition’s award-winning products.

Famous honorary presidents

Each year the selection of an honorary president draws the attention of the press and puts the competition in the limelight.

2019 : Laurent Derhé
Meilleur Ouvrier de France Sommelier (Best Sommelier in France) 2007
President of the Association des Sommeliers Lyonnais et Rhône-Alpes

2018 : Tsuyoshi Arai
Japanese chef at ‘Le 14 février’, a Lyon restaurant with 1 Michelin star

Presidents

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Jurors’ expertise

Tasters are the mainstay of the competition.
Producers who send their products to be tasted put their trust in the Competition, which is responsible for the quality of the tasting. That’s why the Lyon International Competition has set up a multiple-phase process for recruiting and approving tasters.

Validation by the commissioner
The competition commissioner contacts all newly registered tasters to assess their experience and make sure they have the capacities required for tasting and if necessary, a training session is suggested.

Juror training is a priority:
since we are very attentive to the quality of juries, we offer a training session in tasting that includes notions of how to mark wines at a competition.

A specially-designed, efficient marking scale
To make marking simpler and more homogeneous, a 100-point marking scale is used in the Lyon Competition, as it is in all international competitions. The scale allows tasters to decode every aspect of a sample, and then calculate the final score. Tasters receive copies of the marking scale before the tasting so that they can become familiar with it.

Mixed juries to guarantee a range of opinions
Samples are not tasted by professionals alone, because let’s not forget that most future buyers are amateurs!
We have decided to mix knowledgeable amateurs and professionals in the field at each table, so producers are guaranteed a range of opinions from tasters.

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Marketing tools


Sommeliers’ Prize

The Lyon International Competition has created a special prize for sommellerie students.

The prize is intended to help a pair of students discover a European wine-growing country through the study of a specific designation of origin or region, and in a very hands-on way: by funding a trip.

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