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Judges in panels of three, over three rounds, will blind-taste entrants in twenty-three categories to select a shortlist, which will be re-tasted blind by all judges in the Grand Finale. Only twenty of those wines will be awarded a coveted Bacchus Trophy.

The panel will comprise:

Olivier POELS, editor and managing partner of La Revue du VIN de France and wine commentator for Europe 1 radio

Olivier POUSSIER, best sommelier in the world winner, wine consultant, writer and group sommelier of LenĂ´tre

Claude GILOIS, well-known French wine writer, consultant and wine blogger

Thierry GERMAIN proprietor of Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur

Christophe DURAND, Taj Classic Wine Trophy organizer and proprietor of DORRANCE Wines

Tatiana MARCETTEAU, sommelier at the TAJ Cape Town

Stephane DUVERNES, proprietor of wine distributor Les Chais St Laurent, Paris

Germain LEHODEY, sommelier of Mosaic restaurant

Alsace and Cape wine producer, Julien SCHAAL

Xavier DIDIER, former sommelier at Tantris, Munich.

Jerome FAURE, corporate sommelier Constance Hotels and Resorts, Mauritius

Todd RAMSEY from Marram wine Importers, Canada