Best chardonnay of the world 2014: a unique international awards list

The 21th annual Chardonnay du Monde® wine competition was held March 12-15, 2014 at Château des Ravatys, the wine estate of the Pasteur Institute at Saint-Lager in the Burgundy wine (France)

The Chardonnay du Monde® international competition recognises the world’s best Chardonnay wines by awarding them with reliable and representative medals. This competition is based on a single conviction: distinctive marks of quality are the key to real differentiation and therefore enhancing the value of the awarded wines in this highly competitive market where the array of products becomes more vast each day. Award-winning wineries can use this recognition for sales purposes by placing medal stickers on their bottles.

This event is unique in terms of its scope, its method and its ambition:

  • International in scope and a seldom reached diversity: 794 wine samples, 40 countries, 300 international expert judges.
  • A strict method with the focus on quality: compliance with international competition standards, rigorous selection of expert judges, and the use of scientific criteria for tasting, and secure processing of computer results.
  • Optimal tasting conditions: sensory isolation, number of samples limited to 17 per panel, expert judges do not add up their scores allowing them to focus on evaluating the wines, and wines are tasted at an appropriate pace.

As part of these Quality Assurances, all new judges must participate in a one-day training session before being admitted to the tasting panels. For each judge, this session includes sensory profile determination, Chardonnay aromas identification and various exercises to familiarise themselves with methods used in international wine judging competitions.

Chardonnay du Monde® has progressively distinguished itself from other international competitions thanks to quality standards that are much stricter than the norm and by remaining faithful to its founding principles, which have driven its success over the years: diversity, quality and high standards.

After four days of judging, the panels awarded medals to 266 participants. This year, the panel doesn’t award Gold Medals of Excellence.

Medals distribution
Gold medals
Silver medals
Bronze medals

Top 10* Best chardonnay du Monde® 2014
Gold medals
Country Product Winery

Czech Republic
Chardonnay Vyber z Hrozni 2005 Vinarstvi Josef Valihrach

Pays d'Oc IGP - Cuvée Blanche Chardonnay 2012 Scea Domaine le Fort

Crémant de Bourgogne Chardonnay Bailly Lapierre Brut - L1428 Caves Bailly-Lapierre

Champagne Paul Goerg Premier Cru Brut Millésimé 2005 Champagne Paul Goerg

Mâcon-Azé - Sélection Prestige Cave Coopérative d’Azé

South Africa
Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Chardonnay 2012 Cape Legends

Pullus Chardonnay 11 Sweet 2011 Ptujska Klet D.o.o.

Penedès Do - Gran Clot dels Oms 2011 Bodegas Ca n’Estella S.l.

Mâcon-Péronne - Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2012 Gaec Rousset - Domaine de Bicheron

Icewine Kalala Chardonnay 2012 Kalala Organic Estate Winery

Valais AOC "Les Raccards" Chardonnay 2013 Caves Orsat Sa

Nest Egg Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2010 Bird in Hand

Chablis Premier Cru Montmain 2012 Domaine Pinson

Helan Mountain Special Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Pernod Ricard China

South Africa
Bon Courage Chardonnay Prestige Cuvée 2013 Bon Courage Wine Estate

Champagne Granzamy Blanc de Blancs Brut Sas Champagne Granzamy

Champagne Camille Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Sarl Olivier Bonville
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2014 includes 17 wines.

The Top 10 ranking

At the 2014 Top 10 : Czech Republic (Vinarstvi Josef Valihrach), South Africa (Cape Legends/ Bon Courage Wine Estate), Slovenia (Ptujska Klet), Spain (Bodegas Ca n’Estella), Canada (Kalala Organic Estate Winery), Switzerland (Caves Orsat), Australia (Bird in Hand), China (Pernod Ricard China). France obtains eight Gold Medals: three for Champagne (Champagne Paul Goerg, Granzamy, Olivier Bonville), four for Burgundy wines (Caves Bailly-Lapierre, Coopérative d’Azé, Domaine de Bicheron, Domaine Pinson) and one for Pays d'Oc wines (Domaine le Fort).


An unique geographical diversity

With 40 countries and 794 wines entered, Chardonnay du Monde® is the strongest concentration of chardonnay wine ever realized. It is the most significant and legitimate qualitative competition for the distinction of best Chardonnay of the World. The 2013 vintage effect implies a lesser involvement of some regions and countries.

There was also strong participation from South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Spain and Central Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic and Macedonia).

The country winning the most medals

The good place of France is noted: The Burgundy Region win 8 gold medals (Saone & Loire 5 gold medals, Chablis 3 gold medals), the Languedoc-Roussillon (14 gold medals), the Val de Loire (1 gold medal) and the Champagne (11 gold medals) were rewarded by numerous and beautiful medals.

Many sparkling Chardonnay were in competition: Champagne and sparkling wines from Burgundy, gains very beautiful medals. South Africa, Spain, Hungary, Brazil and Switzerland received also very good notes.

Within Europe: Switzerland and Spain stood out for their numerous medalled wines.

Central Europe: The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Macedonia gains in 2014 beautiful medals.

Outside Europe: Australia, Canada, Chile and South Africa confirmed their successes of earlier years.

There was a high level of diversity in terms of the sensorial qualities of the wines

Each wine distinguished at Chardonnay du Monde® was judged for its individual quality. A favourable view is granted to the wines showing good typicity and intense Chardonnay aromas. Oakiness is considered a plus when it is discreet and harmonious, but this quality was marked down when it masked varietal aromas.

Expert-judge gave severe notations for the wines whose flavours of chardonnay are masked by too much wood and Sauvignon flavours; they thus privileged the Chardonnay expression.

The presence of sugar at a few grams per litre has a tendency to improve scores. This tendency, already noted in previous years, was confirmed this year with a number of successes for off-dry wines. Wines made from partially dried or late harvested grapes and those made by selective cryo-extaction received particularly good marks.

Dry wines were judged successful when they displayed harmony in the form of elegant acidity, with aromatic complexity.

Technical Enrichment

The use of a new Professional Tasting Instrument resulting from applied research. In addition to organising a flawless competition is the desire to improving the reliability of measuring instruments. This resulted in the adoption of a professional wine-tasting glass for the tasting of sparkling chardonnay wines. This new tool tested by judges of Effervescents du Monde® ( is an INAO-type tasting glass that contains a precise number of nucleation sites. The objective of this new wine-tasting glass "Fleur d’Effervescence®" is to optimise the tasting of sparkling wines, to calibrate their degree of effervescence, to control the formation of bubbles and to enable ideal expression of the foam…

Chardonnay du Monde is an oganisation of the association Forum Oenologie
Forum Œnologie also organizes:
Alliances du Monde wines Competition: Alliances du Monde®

International Syrah wines Competition: Syrah du Monde®

International Sparkling wines Competition: Effervescents du Monde®

International Competition between the best Muscats of the World®

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  • 794 wine samples from 40 countries were tasted. The judges tasted in accordance with the International rules, and they strictly followed Quality Assurance procedures.

  • 50 percent of the judges were from outside France.
    After four days of judging, the panels awarded medals to 266, or 1/3 of the 794 wines entered. The distribution of medals is as follows:

  • Medal Distribution
    • Gold Medals: 49
    • Silver Medals: 177
    • Bronze Medals: 40

    All the results by countries and by Medals


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