31 October 2022
As Gold Partner of France’s Top Winemerchant competition, Dourthe is proud to support this longstanding specialist retail category. The event is organised by Terre De Vins and champions an entire sector of dedicated professionals and their boundless wine knowledge.
Last September, Dourthe welcomed at Chateau Belgrave 42 shortlisted candidates for France’s Top Winemerchant to take part in a 2-part challenge involving both theory and practical tests. With extremely exacting standards, the contest was set to put all the candidates skills to the test.
At the end of the first stage, only 8 candidates were selected to compete for the title of France’s top Winemerchant, currently held by Matthieu POTIN. Our warmest congratulations to all the finalists!
The 8 finalists for the 2022 edition of France’s Top Winemerchant are:
Philippe Carragoso – Nicolas
Laëtitia Coniglio – Rhône Magnum
Laetitia Gautheron – Le Vingt-Deux
Sylvain Guillet – Aux Grands Vins de France
David Morin – La Cave de Villiers sur Marne
Maxime Paon – Hopla Vins
Léa Perret – Nicolas
Alexis Zaouk – La Cave d’Alex
THE FINAL: THE ROUNDS
The competition to become France’s Top Winemerchant is broken down into several rounds:
- blind tasting five liquids (wines OU alcoholic drinks serait plus quali si possible)
- sales-simulation challenge
- commented wine presentation
- quick-fire round of 40 questions to test wine knowledge
- In addition, ahead of this round of tests, each of the eight finalists also received a recorded visit from a mystery shopper.
Our warmest congratulations go to David Morin of Cave de Villiers sur Marne (photo 1) on being named France’s Top Winemerchant. He follows in the capable footsteps of Matthieu POTIN.
And our congratulations also to Alexis Zaouk at La Cave d’Alex in second place, taking the silver award, and Laetitia Gautheron, at Le Vingt-Deux, finishing in third place and awarded the bronze medal. A special mention also to Léa Perret (Nicolas) who was awarded the honour of France’s Youngest Top Winemerchant 2022 (under 30 years).
Photo Credits: Adrien Viller, Terre de vins