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October 11, 2017

Chateau Laville, laureate of “Excellence Award” the General Paris Contest

Chateau Laville in Preignac in AOP Sauternes was nominated for the first time for the “Excellence Award” of the General Paris Contest at in the Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-Food and Forestry.


Coveted by agri-food companies and producers since 2000, the “Excellence Award” rewards the “best of the best”.

This year, 34 laureates were honored for their ability to “make their profession a passion, combine tradition and modernity, creativity and innovation”, thus working to the “outreach of the gastronomic reputation of our country”.

For this, the winner must have obtained the best results of his category in each of the last 3 editions of the contest. This distinguishes the regularity of a producer’s or company’s excellence.

Unlike the medal, it is the know-how and dedication that are rewarded.


Participants are awarded a number of points per category and according to the level of medals obtained in the last 3 editions.

  • 5 points for a Gold Medal
  • 3 for a Silver Medal
  • 1 for a Bronze Medal


It’s the case of the Chateau Laville.

Presided by Jean-Christophe BARBE since 2002, he remembers “When I arrived, I had a fresh eye to put things flat, it is the privilege of the younger generations.”

Graduated with a master’s degree in aroma chemistry and then a post-graduate degree in oenology, he defended his doctoral thesis on whites wines of noble rot.

Now he is seconded by Pascal, his head of culture and shares his days between exploitation and teaching at the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaux” and at the “Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences”.

“For the General Agricultural Competition, samples are taken directly from the cellars, on existing wines.”

He concluded with a smile: “This is the anti-doping competition.”


Congratulations to the Chateau Laville who is once again the pride of our region!