Medals and Press

We are always delighted when our efforts and achievements are recognised… especially gold medals! Here are some of the awards and accolades that our wines have been awarded with in competitions all over the world. You will also find ratings, reviews and write ups from some of the industry’s most renowned critics.

Le Chic Sauvignon Blanc

Bijou Le Chic Sauvignon Blanc in Drinks Business’ Top New Products

Bijou Le Chic Sauvignon Blanc featured as one of the Tope New Products in the Drinks Business. The white wine pouch was launched earlier this year into Waitrose & Partner’s UK following the enormous success of the rosé pouch throughout 2019. The Bijou Le Chic rosé pouch was the supermarket’s “best seller” in the category…

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Bijou rosé Hamersma

Harold Hamersma: Sophie Valrose passes with flying colours

Our flagship rosé Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose has received an excellent review from top Dutch wine critic, Harold Hamersma. Hamersma reviewed the rosé on his website De Grote Hamersma where you can find all his thoughts and tasting notes on all of the best wines available in the Netherlands. Bijou scored a brilliant 8/10.…

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De Grote Hamersma 2018

De Grote Hamersma 2018

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose, AOC Cabrières rosé ‘Bijou from Cabrières in the Hérault.  Raspberry wine gums. Cherry pudding. Tralala and cheerfulness. Jewel of a bottle’  ‘Kleinood uit Cabrières in de Hérault. Frambozenwinegums. Kersenzuurtjes. Tralala en vrolijkheid. Juweel van een fles trouwens.’ Harold Hamersma for De Grote Hamersma 2018 – the most complete wine year…

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bijou rouge cuvée

Helen McGinn- Knackered Mother’s Wine Club

Bijou Rouge Cuvee Sophie Valrose 2016 ‘This is a soft, cosy gem of a wine. Made in Cabrieres in southern France’s Languedoc region, it’s a blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes, giving it plenty of soft black fruit flavours and juicy tannins. Beautifully packaged and such good value. Food pairing: Lamb shanks.’ Helen McGinn, Knackered…

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NOFFLA

Bijou is One of Three Rosés Awarded Medals at National Off-Licence Association

Le Bijou Sophie Valrose Rosé 2016 has won an award in the Under €15 Rosé Collection at this year’s NOffLA – National Off-Licence Association Awards. In the competition there were only three rosé wines which were awarded medals.  NOFFLA is the National Off-Licence Association and represents independent specialist off-licences across Ireland.

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Hubrecht Duijker

Another lovely write up – Hubrecht Duijker

We’ve recently received another great write up from Hubrecht Duijker for Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose. ‘A relatively small wine small area (300 to 350 hectares) within the vast Languedoc is Cabrières where the soil is of volcanic origin and where a good cooperative At (Small) shots. It is on this company from selected grapes from the…

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Success for Bijou Rosé. A Gold at Concours Général Agricole Paris 2016

We are excited to announce that our Bijou Rosé has once again picked up another prestigious award! For 2016 Bijou Rosé has been awarded a Gold medal at the highly respected Concours Général Agricole Paris 2016. The CGA annually receives over 15,000 entries of which only 3500 are lucky enough to receive a medal and far…

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Drinks Business Top 10

The Drinks Business Top 10 New Products April

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rouge, Cabrières Grown from vines of at least 60 years old that sit at between 200 and 450 metres, the region’s micro-climate is significantly cooler than surrounding areas, with its volcanic soil helping to impart minerality, freshness and complexity to its wines. Grapes are hand-harvested, de-stemmed, gently crushed and fermented…

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Bijou Rosé Wins Silver Medal IWC 2017

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé Wins Silver Medal Bijou Rosé wins Silver and is now top of its class! We are pleased to announce that Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé 2015 has won a Silver medal with The International Wine Challenge. There were no Gold medals awarded in the Still Rosé Class which…

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Drinks International Pick of the Launches

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rouge, Cabrières A full-bodied red wine from Cabrières, France, made predominately from Syrah and Grenache. The company says it works with selected growers and itself has old vines with an average age of 30 years on volcanic soils, therefore low yields which are said to give Bijou its concentrated flavours.…

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The Telegraph-Bijou Wine Rosé & Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

Have you tried our Bijou Wines Rosé with these crispy slow cooker carnitas? Recommended by The Telegraph.   Here is the recipe for you to try:   SERVES 6-8 A flavourful and easy way to make tender, juicy, and crispy carnitas using your slow cooker!   Prep Time: 10 MINS Cook Time: 6 HOURS Total…

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Matt Dicks-Bijou Wines to fall in love with this Valentine’s Day

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé, Cabrières Rosé shouldn’t just be for summer, as it’s fruit-filled delights can be savoured any time of the year. Bursting with raspberries and cherries, this rather quirky choice is ready to unleash with a bowl of fresh red fruits, particularly of the strawberry kind. Read more here.

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Rose Murray Brown MW

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rouge, Cabrières The Sophie Valrose white, rose and red are proof that Languedoc can offer immense – my favourite is this spicy succulently fruity Rouge – a Cotes du Rhone-style red made from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.  The hidden appellation of Cabrieres in Herault lies beneath the Pic de Vissou…

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Jane Macquitty, The Times- Top 20 Pinks

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé, Cabrières Fuller-bodied 13.5 percent alcohol pink. Its handsome salmon hue and beautiful bold, herby, peppery cinsault-grenache palate with a squirt of syrah spice waltzed off with a gold medal at the Paris Concours.

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Wine Anorak

Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak- 91/100

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rouge, Cabrières This is fabulous. It’s fresh, vivid and direct with blackberry and black cherry fruit, with some lovely meatiness in the mix. There are notes of pepper and clove adding savoury interest, and a deliciously floral, aromatic spicy garrigue edge to the fruit. It’s almost saline, too, with a…

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Award Winning Bijou Rosé is a Global Master!

So thrilled to announce that our award winning Bijou Rosé has been awarded Silver at this year’s Global Rosé Masters. Direct from the beautiful hidden terroir of Cabrières in the Languedoc with its unique soil, high in schist, which allows for production of some of the purest wines from the South of France. The rosé is…

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Captures the Essence of Summer

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé Cabrières, Languedoc, France Refreshing and fruity with a crunch of acidity, this light aromatic wine captures the essence of summer.  It goes down a treat and is also kind on the wallet.   Read more here.  

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Matthew Jukes, Mail on Sunday

A lovely, bold rosé, with juicy cherry notes…drink it with a host of dishes including the Grilled spiced chicken and Salad Niçoise.

The Knackered Mothers Wine Club

From a little-known tucked away corner in the Southern French Languedoc region called Cabrieres, this is a typical blend of southern French red grapes…It really is a treasure… — Helen McGinn, The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club

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Summery Wines

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé, Cabrières This really pretty blush-coloured wine looks so elegant side by side with this week’s dish. It’s got a lovely appley peachiness to it, and enough edge to work with the rich, savoury duck egg. Read more from Phillip Schofield here.

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The Wine Explorer

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rouge, Cabrières Bijou wines are made in the small Languedoc appellation of Cabrieres. The Bijou wines are specially selected cuvees from this hidden region, and show how exciting these hidden terroirs of the Languedoc still are.   Read more here.

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Ben Franks Wine

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé, Cabrières Go pink with this Southern France Cinsault-based wine. For the mums who like delicate, fruity and aromatic wines. Enjoy summer fruits on the nose, while the mouthfeel is packed with refreshing acidity and subtle notes of strawberry and raspberry fruit. Serve lightly chilled and drink on a spring…

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Jane Macquitty This Weeks Best Buys

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rouge, Cabrières A rich, dusky, 14 per cent alcohol. Back pepper and garrlgue herb-scented, barbecue-loving red from a little-known Languedoc appellation. Mostly Syrah, but topped up with a good dollop of Grenache.   Read more here.

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