Best chardonnay of the world 2021
A unique international awards list

The 28th annual Chardonnay du Monde® wine competition was held March 9-12, 2021 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: 604 wine samples, 36 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 196 participants.

Medals distribution
Gold medals
51
Silver medals
145

Top 10* Best chardonnay du Monde® 2021
Gold medals
Country Product Winery

France
Vin de Savoie AOP - Domaine Charles Gonnet - Chardonnay 2020 Vins Château de la Violette

France
Pays d'Oc IGP - Jean Claude Mas - Le Coteau Chardonnay 2020 Domaines Paul Mas

France
Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire - Vintage Limited Edition - Premier Cru - Blanc de Blancs Brut 2010 Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire

Roumania
Tarnave Jidvei Doc-Cmd - Nec Plus Ultra Chardonnay Demi-Sec 2020 Sc Jidvei Srl

Bulgaria
Bononia Estate - Gomotartzi Chardonnay 2019 Bononia Estate Ltd

Spain
Somontano Do - Vinas del Vero - Chardonnay 2020 Gonzalez Byass

Serbia
Zmajevac - Chardonnay 2019 Zmajevac Winery

Germany
Burkheimer Schlossgarten - Chardonnay - Baden Sekt b.A. - Extra Brut 2018 Burkheimer Winzer am Kaiserstuhl eG

New Zealand
Lake Chalice - Plume Chardonnay 2016 Lake Chalice Wines

Spain
La Mancha Do - Blas Munoz - Chardonnay - Fermentado en Barrica 2019 Vinedos y Bodegas Munoz

Switzerland
Valais AOC - Jacques Germanier - Réserve - Blanc de Blancs - Brut Millésimé 2014 Cave du Tunnel / Germanier Jacques

Canada
Two Sisters - Chardonnay - Niagara Peninsula VQA 2018 Two Sisters Vineyards

France
Champagne Jean Dumangin - Blanc de Blancs - Terroir Brut Champagne Jean Dumangin

France
Bourgogne Tonnerre AOC - Côte de Grisey 2019 Domaine Alain Mathias

South Africa
De Wetshof Estate - Lesca Chardonnay 2020 De Wetshof Estate
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2021 includes 15 wines.
2021 GENERAL TRENDS

An unique geographical diversity

With 36 countries and 604 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, China, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Romania and Switzerland.

The country winning the most medals

The good place of France is noted with 30 medals. The Burgundy Region win 9 gold medals, the Languedoc-Roussillon 6 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, Hungary, Russia and Slovakia received also very good notes.

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

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

Outside Europe: South Africa, 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 2022
From 9 to 11 march 2022
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THE 2021 RESULTS

  • 604 wine samples from 36 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 196, on 604 wines entered. The distribution of medals is as follows:

  • Medal Distribution
    • Gold Medals 51
    • Silver Medals: 145

    All the results by countries and by Medals

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PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

South Africa

Germany

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Cyprus

Croatia

Spain

France

Greece

Hungary

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Lebanon

Macedonia

Morocco

Mexico

New Zealand

Portugal

Czech Republic

Romania

Russia

Serbia

Slovenia

Slovakia

Switzerland

Turkey

USA

Uruguay
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