Best chardonnay of the world 2020
A unique international awards list

The 27th annual Chardonnay du Monde® wine competition was held March 11-13, 2020 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: 658 wine samples, 37 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 218 participants.

Medals distribution
Gold medals
58
Silver medals
160

Top 10* Best chardonnay du Monde® 2020
Gold medals
Country Product Winery

Czech Republic
Chardonnay Josef Valihrach 2013 Vinarstvi Josef Valihrach

Hungary
Molnar – Matrai Chardonnay 2019 Molnar es Fiai Pinceszet BT

France
Champagne Gruet - Blanc de Blancs Brut 2014 Champagne Gruet

France
Chablis AOC – Louis Robin 2018 Louis Robin

Australia
Wakefield – Jaraman Chardonnay - Clare Valley + Margaret River 2018 Wakefield Taylors Wines

France
Pays d’Oc IGP – Baron du Capiscol Chardonnay 2019 Alma Cersius

France
Pays d’Oc IGP – d.A. – Astruc – Malras Chardonnay « Lot 09 » 2019 Les Domaines Paul Mas

Slovakia
Matysak – Prestige Chardonnay – Vyber z Hrozna 2019 Vino Matysak Sro

Germany
Peter Steger – Konzept – Baden Chardonnay 2016 Badischer Winzerkeller EG

Germany
Burkheimer Schlossgarten Chardonnay – Vini Grande 2018 Burkheimer Winzer Am Kaiserstuhl EG

Spain
Vino de la Tierra de Castilla – La Doncella de las Vinas - Chardonnay – Organic Wine 2019 Pago Guijoso - Bodegas Familia Conesa

France
Champagne Blanc de Blancs – Extra Brut 2015 Champagne Jean Josselin

Canada
Bella Terra – Chardonnay – Four mile Creek VQA 2017 Pondview Estate Winery LTD

USA
Wente Vineyards – Morning Fog Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2018 Wente Vineyards

South Africa
JMB Chardonnay 2019 Rietvallei Wine Estate PTY

France
Meursault Premier Cru AOC Perrières 2017 Domaine du Château de Meursault

France
Mâcon-Azé AOP – Sélection Prestige 2017 Cave Coopérative d’Azé
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2020 includes 17 wines.
2020 GENERAL TRENDS

An unique geographical diversity

With 37 countries and 658 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, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, New Zealand, Romania and Switzerland.

The country winning the most medals

The good place of France is noted with 33 medals. The Burgundy Region win 9 gold medals, the Languedoc-Roussillon (6 gold medals) and the Champagne (14 gold medals) were rewarded by numerous and beautiful medals.

Many sparkling Chardonnay were in competition: Champagne gains very beautiful medals. Belgium, Hungary, Russia and Slovakia received also very good notes.

Within Europe: Germany, Belgium, Spain, Greece and Italy stood out for their numerous medalled wines.

Central Europe: Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania gains in 2020 beautiful medals.

Outside Europe: South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada and Switzerland 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 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.

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® (www.effervescents-du-monde.com) 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…

Organisation
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®
The international Wine and Vine films Festival OENOVIDEO

Partnership
La Revue des Œnologues
International technical Magazine about Wine and Vine - Technical and Communication partner.
SAQ - Services Actions Qualité
Expert Translation Services for the Wine and Grape Industries - Technical partner.
Guala Closures Group Global Cap, wine closure
Lycée Bel-Air
School, winery and a vocational training centre
www.oeno.tm.fr
Internet technical support partner.
SAQ logistic
Official partner for international deliveries.
Chardonnay du Monde 2021
From 10 to 12 march 2021
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THE 2020 RESULTS

  • 658 wine samples from 37 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 218, on 658 wines entered. The distribution of medals is as follows:

  • Medal Distribution
    • Gold Medals 58
    • Silver Medals: 160

    All the results by countries and by Medals

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PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

South Africa

Germany

England

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Cyprus

Croatia

Spain

France

Greece

Hungary

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Lebanon

Macedonia

Malta

Morocco

Mexico

Moldavia

New Zealand

Czech Republic

Romania

Russia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Switzerland

Turkey

Uruguay

USA
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