Effervescents® du Monde 2020: the highest concentration of sparkling wines
The 18th international confrontation of the world’s best sparkling wines, Effervescents du Monde®, organised by Forum Oenologie, was held on December 15-18, 2020 at Château des Ravatys, the wine estate of the Pasteur Institute at Saint Lager in the Burgundy wine region of France.
This annual event is unique in terms of its scope, its method and its ambition:
International in scope:
- 19 countries
- 479 wines
- More than 80 international expert judges
A strict method:
- Compliance with the international wine competition rules.
- 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.
- 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 four days of work, the judges awarded a total of 150 medals.
General Trends and hight points
The Top 10 ranking of the best Effervescents du Monde:
This year France tops the ranking with Crémants from Alsace, Burgundy, Jura and Savoy. The high-quality standard sparkling wine (VMQ) are also in this year ranking.
Wide representation from all the sparkling wine regions (AOC) in France, as well as from the major high-quality 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. 60% of the wines in the competition were from France, with a majority of crémants.
There was also strong participation from Spain, Italy, Brazil, Moldova, Portugal and Switzerland.
In France, the areas of Alsace, Limoux, Burgundy, Bordeaux, 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 varietal 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.
Rosé AOC, VMQ and VM sparkling wines strongly increased their presence; they also won beautiful medals.
A high-quality award list
With 19 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).
In strong growth since 2004, England has today more than 1.800 hectares of vineyards, mainly intended to product sparkling wines.
The Effervescents du Monde competition is organised by the Association Forum Œnologie, in participation with the Revue des Œnologues.
The Services Actions Qualité company handled computer processing of all data and results from the competition.