Best chardonnay of the world 2019
A unique international awards list

The 26th annual Chardonnay du Monde® wine competition was held March 6-8, 2019 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: 696 wine samples, 36 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 227 participants.

Medals distribution
Gold medals
Silver medals

Top 10* Best chardonnay du Monde® 2019
Gold medals
Country Product Winery

South Africa
De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2018 De Wetshof Estate

Pays d'Oc IGP dA Chardonnay Réserve 2018 Les Domaines Paul Mas

Lailey Ice Wine Chardonnay - Niagara Peninsula VQA 2015 Lailey Winery

Pays d'Oc IGP, Maison Castel, Sélection du Terroir, Terra Vitis Chardonnay - Grande Réserve 2018 Castel Frères

Pouilly-Fuissé Georges Dubœuf - Domaine Béranger 2017 Les Vins Georges Dubœuf

Miolo Reserva Chardonnay 2017 Miolo Wine Group Vitivinicultura

Gal - Balaton - Melléki Chardonnay 2017 Gal Szolobirtok es Pinceszet

Champagne l'Hoste - Cuvée Prestige Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne l'Hoste Père & Fils

Chablis Premier Cru - Château du Val de Mercy - Beauregard 2016 Domaine du Château du Val de Mercy

Champagne Paul Sadi - Simone Premier Cru Brut Sas Paul Sadi

Crémant du Jura Marcel Cabelier - 60 mois Extra Brut 2012 La Maison du Vigneron

Bouza Chardonnay 2017 Bodega Bouza

La Mancha Do Blas Munoz Chardonnay - Fermentado en Barrica 2017 Vinedos y Bodegas Munoz

Bouvet-Jabloir - Collection Signature Chardonnay - Élevé en Barrique 2017 Bouvet-Jabloir

South Africa
Groot Constantia Landgoed Chardonnay 2017 Groot Constantia Wine Estate
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2019 includes 15 wines.

An unique geographical diversity

With 36 countries and 696 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 28 medals. The Burgundy Region win 8 gold medals. The Languedoc-Roussillon (12 gold medals) and the Champagne (7 gold medals) were rewarded by numerous and beautiful medals.

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

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

Central Europe: (Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Romania) gains in 2019 beautiful medals.

Outside Europe: Australia, Canada, Switzerland 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 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®
The international Wine and Vine films Festival OENOVIDEO

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  • 696 wine samples from 36 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 227, on 696 wines entered. The distribution of medals is as follows:

  • Medal Distribution
    • Gold Medals 54
    • Silver Medals: 173

    All the results by countries and by Medals


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