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Effervescents® du Monde 2018 : the highest concentration of sparkling wines

The 16th international confrontation of the world’s best sparkling wines, Effervescents du Monde®, organised by Forum Oenologie, was held on 14, 15 and 16 November 2018 in « the Castel » Pavilion, teen house of the famous Gustave Eiffel, today Lycée Le Castel culinary school in Dijon (Burgundy), France.

This annual event is unique in terms of its scope, its method and its ambition:

International in scope:

  • 22 countries 
  • 594 wines
  • More than 100 international expert judges

A strict method:

  • Compliance with the international wine competition rules and strict application of the ISO 9002 Quality Assurance standard.
  • Guaranteed implementation of scoring criteria for international competitions.
  • Rigorous selection of the panel of expert judges, based on experience, diversity of backgrounds, professionalism, determination of their sensorial profile and training in tasting methodology.
  • Annual assessment and grading of each taster.
  • Faultless, quality-driven organisation: limitation of the number of wines per judge, ideal tasting conditions (sensory isolation, proper tasting rhythm, etc.) and secure computer processing of results.
  • Differentiated analysis of the foam (visual) and the effervescence (tactile) of wines.

Ambition:

  • To award reliable and thus representative medals each year, reflecting the founding motto of the Effervescents du Monde® competition: diversity, quality and high standards.

After three days of work, the judges awarded a total of 182 medals.

Medal Breakdown
Gold Medals
33
Silver Medals
163


Top 10* Best Sparkling Wines
from Effervescents du Monde® 2018
Country Wine Winery

ITALY
Prosecco Doc Masottina Treviso Brut Masottina Spa

FRANCE
Champagne G. Tribaut Réserve Blanc de Blancs Brut Ghislain Tribaut & Fils - Champagne G. Tribaut

FRANCE
Crémant de Bourgogne André Delorme - Terroirs Minéraux Brut Maison des Grands Crus

FRANCE
Champagne Erard-Salmon Brut 2014 Erard-Salmon

FRANCE
Crémant d'Alsace Le Puits du Moine Brut - C4 Cave Les Faitieres d'Orschwiller - Kintzheim

BRAZIL
Salton Prosecco Espumante Natural Brut 2018 Vinicola Salton

SWITZERLAND
Grand Vin Mousseux - Val d'Eve Rosé Demi-Sec - Grande Cuvée Hammel - Terres de Vins

SOUTH AFRICA
Laborie MCC Blanc de Blancs 2011 Warshay Investment

ARGENTINA
Jasmine Monet Rosé Jasmine Monet

FRANCE
Crémant de Bourgogne Bailly-Lapierre - Egarade Brut 2014 Caves Bailly Lapierre

ITALY
Vino Spumante Metodo Classic - Di Sipio Brut Rosé Azienda Nicola di Sipio

FRANCE
Crémant de Bourgogne Veuve Ambal Grande Cuvée Brut Rosé Veuve Ambal

ITALY
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg San Venanzio Brut 2017 Terre di San Venanzio Fortunato

MOLDAVIA
Purcari 1827 Cuvée de Purcari Alb Brut Vinaria Purcari
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2018 includes 14 wines.

General Trends and hight points

Top 10

The Top 10 ranking has a strong international diversity: South-Africa, Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Moldavia and Switzerland.

Geographical Diversity

Wide representation from all the sparkling wine regions (AOC) in France, as well as from the major highquality standard sparkling wine (VMQ) and sparkling wine (VM) producers. The entries included wines made both with and without aromatic varietals, using traditional, ancestral or Charmat-type closed-tank methods. 50% of the wines in the competition were from France, splitevenly between Champagne and non-Champagne.

There was also strong participation from Argentina, South Africa, Chile, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Moldavia, Portugal and Switzerland. Canada, Peru and Russia entering into the competition.

In France, the areas of Alsace, Limoux, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Val de Loire, Champagne Appellation and the standard Sparkling Wine (VMQ) are significantly represented.

There was a high level of diversity in terms of the sensorial qualities of the wines

Some real discoveries were made, thanks to the tasting of rosé and red sparkling wines made with the traditional method, wines made with the ancestral method, sparkling wines made from aromatic varietals and sparkling ice wines. Low-alcohol sparkling wines also drew notice. According to the expert judges, the wines displayed extraordinary variety and richness, with complex flavours and a great deal of finesse.

Red and rosé AOC, VMQ and VM sparklings wines strongly increased their presence; they also won beautiful medals.

A high-quality award list

With 22 countries, this international competition offered one of the strongest concentration of geographical sparkling wine diversity.

The international expert judges observe a clear improvement of the quality for almost all the wines productions for AOC designation and Quality Sparkling Wines (VMQ).

News english tasters joined the expert judges of Effervescents du Monde.

In 2018, Brazil, Spain, Italy and Switzerland obtain many medals. These countries are very closely followed by South Africa, England, Hungary and Slovakia.

France obtains very many medals thanks to the strong and very noticed participation of Champagnes, Alsace and Burgundy Crémants and also of the standard Sparkling Wine (VMQ).

The Effervescents du Monde® competition is organised by the Association Forum Œnologie, in participation with the Revue des Œnologues and in partnership with the Castel Culinary School (Dijon, France), which acts as the sensory performance assessment centre for the expert judges, and hosts the competition.

During the tasting, the wines were served with active participation from students in the Wine Steward class.

The Services Actions Qualité company handled computer processing of all data and results from the competition.

Effervescents du Monde 2019
The 17th Effervescents du Monde® confrontation will be held on 13-15 November 2019 in Dijon.

The 2018 results are posted at:
[Results]

The Effervescents du Monde® competition was certified by the DGCCRF (French consumer-protection agency) and by the EU on 21 May 2003.

Effervescents du Monde is organised by the Forum Oenologie association

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Participating Countries

Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Denmark
England
France
Hungary
Italy
Moldavia
Peru
Portugal
Russia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Switzerland
Ukraine