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2012-07-06
Media Contact: Susan West/John Michelle
Phone: 805 237-3789
Fax: 805 237-1730
Website: http://www.clautiere.com

CLAUTIERE VINEYARD WINS TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FOR 2007 ESTATE BDX

PASO ROBLES, Calif., June 25th, 2012 – Clautiere Vineyard was still in the midst of celebrating their win as “Best Bordeaux Blend” at this year’s prestigious Critics Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego, when even more good news arrived announcing the 2007 BDX had also been awarded a Gold Medal at the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, with an over-all score of 94. The double-win brought new meaning to the term “Win-Win Situation.”

Detailing the complicated Critic’s Challenge awards process, Felicia Forbes, Critics Challenge Competition Coordinator explained; “First, the wines are awarded a medal: Silver, Gold or Platinum, with Platinum being the highest. Then, in the "Sweepstakes Voting" the Platinum winners are voted on for ‘Best of Category” and “Best of Show” awards. Your 2007 Clautiere BDX was a Platinum Winner, then further elevated to Best Bordeaux Blend, Congratulations!” There were a total of 34 Bordeaux blends entered in the 2012 Critics Challenge, ranging in price from $7.99 to $95.00. Of those 34 wines, The 2007 BDX was judged Best Bordeaux Blend.

The 73rd annual Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits was equally competitive with more than 3,200 wines judged in May by a panel of 75 of the world’s leading wine experts headed by master sommelier Michael Jordan, honorary chairman of the competition.

“All wine entries are blind-tasted and carefully evaluated by four-judge panels. After much discussion, the judges come to collective decisions using a standard point system” Jordan said. “The Gold Medal winners all must have ratings of 90 points or more.” Out of thirty-six award-winning Bordeaux and Bordeaux Blends, Clautiere’s 2007 Estate BDX scored the second-highest, with a score of 94.

Clautiere Vineyard is dedicated to the production of premium Rhone, Bordeaux, and Port style wines and is 100% Estate bottled to ensure the highest quality from grape to glass. To purchase or pre-order our award-winning wines, visit www.clautiere.com, call (805) 237-3789 or visit our tasting room at 1340 Penman Springs Road, Paso Robles, California.

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