Best chardonnay of the world 2022
A unique international awards list

The 29th annual Chardonnay du Monde® wine competition was held March 9-11, 2022 at Château des Ravatys, 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: 546 wine samples, 32 countries, 200 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 178 participants.

Medals distribution
Gold medals
56
Silver medals
122

Top 10* Best chardonnay du Monde® 2022
Gold medals
Country Product Winery

Czech Republic
Josef Valihrach Chardonnay 2016 Vinarstvi Josef Valihrach

France
Champagne Jean Laurent - La Griffe de l'Ource - Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009 Champagne Jean-Laurent

Bulgaria
Nova Zagora PDO - Edoardo Miroglio - Reserve Elenovo - Chardonnay 2019 Edoardo Miroglio Eood

France
Sable de Camargue IGP - Domaine du Petit Chaumont - Chardonnay 2021 Gaec Bruel

Czech Republic
B\V Vinarstvi - Chardonnay Reserva Barrique 2018 B\V Vinarstvi

South Africa
De Wetshof Estate - Bateleur - Chardonnay 2020 De Wetshof Estate

France
Montagny 1er Cru AOC - Millebuis - Vigne du Soleil 2019 Cave des Vignerons de Buxy

France
Chablis AOC 2020 Domaine Alain Geoffroy

France
Chablis 1er Cru AOC - Vau de Vey 2020 Domaine Alain Mathias

Croatia
Ilocki Podrumi - Chardonnay Principovac 2018 Ilocki Podrumi

Slovenia
Kristancic - Pavo Chardonnay 2020 Kristancic Marko

France
Pays d'Oc IGP - Cardounettes 2021 Les Vignobles Foncalieu

France
Pays d'Oc IGP Chardonnay 2021 Domaine de l'Herbe Sainte

France
Champagne Vollereaux - Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne Vollereaux

France
Champagne E. Lacour Premier Cru - Blanc de Blancs Brut Earl E. Lacour

France
Champagne Trouillard - Blanc de Blancs Brut L'Altavilloise
Champagne Trouillard

France
Champagne L'Hoste Père & Fils - Les Loges - Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne l'Hoste Père & Fils
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2022 includes 17 wines.
2022 GENERAL TRENDS

An unique geographical diversity

With 32 countries and 546 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, Canada, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy, Hungary and France.

The country winning the most medals

The good place of France is noted with 35 medals. The Burgundy Region win 11 gold medals, South of France 15 gold medals and the Champagne 9 gold medals, were rewarded by numerous and beautiful medals.

Many sparkling Chardonnay were in competition: Champagne gains very beautiful medals. Belgium and Brasil received also very good notes.

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

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

Outside Europe: South Africa, 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.
www.oeno.tm.fr
Internet technical support partner.
SAQ logistic
Official partner for international deliveries.
Chardonnay du Monde 2023
From 8 to 10 march 2023
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THE 2022 RESULTS

  • 546 wine samples from 32 countries were tasted. The judges tasted in accordance with the International rules, and they strictly followed Quality Assurance procedures.

  • 25 percent of the judges were from outside France.
    After three days of judging, the panels awarded medals to 178, on 546 wines entered. The distribution of medals is as follows:

  • Medal Distribution
    • Gold Medals 56
    • Silver Medals: 122

    All the results by countries and by Medals

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PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Croatia

Czech Republic

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Lebanon

Macedonia

Malte

Mexico

Moldova

New Zealand

Romania

Russia

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Switzerland

Turkey

Uruguay
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