Best chardonnay of the world 2018
A unique international awards list

The 25th annual Chardonnay du Monde® wine competition was held March 7-9, 2018 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: 679 wine samples, 39 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 20 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 three days of judging, the panels awarded medals to 226 participants.

Medals distribution
Gold medals
Silver medals

Top 10* Best chardonnay du Monde® 2018
Gold medals
Country Product Winery

Liquidity Chardonnay Okanagan Falls Reserve 2016 Liquidity Wines

Kalala Chardonnay Icewine - Okanagan Valley BC VQA 2016 Kalala Organic Estate Winery

Czech Republic
Josef Valihrach Chardonnay Sladke Vino 2008 Vinarstvi Josef Valihrach

Champagne Joël Michel Blanc de Blancs Millésimé Brut 2008 Champagne Joël Michel

Saint-Véran Château de la Tour de l’Ange 2017 Domaines de la Bourgogne du Sud

Villa Yustina Monogram Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2016 Domain Yustina LTD

Pascual Toso Alta Chardonnay 2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Pascual Toso SA

Vale dos Vinhedos do Casa Valduga Gran Terroir Leopoldina Chardonnay 2017 Casa Valduga Vinhos Finos LTDA

Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits 2016 La Cave des Hautes Côtes

Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre Domaine Verret 2016 Domaine Verret

Pays d’Oc Chardonnay Rébus 2017 SCA Le Rosé de Bessan

Bourgogne Chitry Bailly-Lapierre 2017 Caves Bailly Lapierre

Côtes de Thau IGP Le Jade Chardonnay 2017 Cave coopérative Les Costières de Pomerols
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2018 includes 13 wines.

The Top 10 ranking

At the 2018 Top 10 six countries: Argentina, (Bodegas Pascual Toso), Brazil (Casa Valduga), Bulgaria (Domaine Yustina), Canada (Kalala organic winery, Liquidity Wines), France and Czech Republic (Josef Valihrach).

France obtains seven Gold Medals: one for Champagne Chardonnay (Champagne Joël Michel), four for Burgundy wines (Domaine Verret, Cave Bailly-Lapierre, Domaine de la Bourgogne du Sud, Cave des Hautes Côtes) and two Pays d’Oc wines (Le Rosé de Bessan, Cave coopérative les Costières de Pomerols). Two Chardonnay wines from Canada rank at the top of the Top 10 list.

Highlight, confirming the trend of previous years, we observe in the Top 10 a significant proportion of oak-aged wines and wines over 5 years of age.

The 2018 Top 10 propose the diversity of the expressions of Chardonnay wines through still wines, wines with residual sugars and Sparkling wines.


An unique geographical diversity

With 39 countries and 679 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.

There was also strong participation from South Africa, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Romania and Switzerland.

Two new countries entered for the first time in competition: Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

The country winning the most medals

The good place of France is noted with 30 medals. The Burgundy Region win 15 gold medals (Beaujolais 2?medals, Saone & Loire 7 medals, Côte-d’Or 2 medal, Chablis 4 medal), the Languedoc-Roussillon (8 gold medals) and the Champagne (6 gold medals) were rewarded by numerous and beautiful medals.

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

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

Central Europe: (Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Romania) gains in 2018 beautiful medals.

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

China gets its first gold medal.

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 liter 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.

International expert judges trained: a unique level of quality and rigor for the evaluation of the Chardonnay wines of the world

More than 700 international expert judges were admitted to evaluate the wines in competition after a specific training.

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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  • 679 wine samples from 39 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 three days of judging, the panels awarded medals to 226, on 679 wines entered. The distribution of medals is as follows:

  • Medal Distribution
    • Gold Medals 52
    • Silver Medals: 174

    All the results by countries and by Medals


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