This year’s competition included over 1,000 wines made from Sonoma County grapes.
Gold medals were awarded to 315 wines. Of gold medals awarded, 296 went to wines finished with cork (94%). The remaining 19 wines were finished in screwcap closures.
Now, Laroche's technical director, Gregory Viennois, has returned to cork closures for its Chablis.
"Oxygen is not a problem," Viennois says. "We need oxygen for a wine to be alive. But it's a question of the quantity of oxygen and when. I think with a good cork selection we have the right combination of oxygen and we have a slow evolution in the wines. I think that's why we like to open old bottles. We have a new combination of molecules and new aromas, and we have the incredible mystery and aging of fine wines."