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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.

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 four days of work, the judges awarded a total of 150 medals.

Medal Breakdown
Gold Medals
35
Silver Medals
115


Top 10* Best Sparkling Wines
from Effervescents du Monde® 2020
Country Wine Winery

FRANCE
Crémant de Savoie - Cave de Cruet Brut Cave des vins fins de Cruet

FRANCE
Crémant de Bourgogne - Veuve Ambal - Millésimé Rosé Brut 2019 Veuve Ambal

FRANCE
VMQ - Brut d'Argent - Ice - Chardonnay Demi-Sec 2018 Maison du Vigneron

FRANCE
Crémant de Bourgogne Bailly Lapierre Rosé Brut Caves Bailly Lapierre

FRANCE
Crémant de Bourgogne Bailly Lapierre Chardonnay Brut Caves Bailly Lapierre

FRANCE
Crémant de Bourgogne Bailly Lapierre - Réserve Brut - L13 Caves Bailly Lapierre

FRANCE
Vin Mousseux Charles de Fère - Cuvée Jean Louis, Blanc de Blancs Brut (279CW) Charles de Fère

FRANCE
Crémant d'Alsace - Arthur Metz - Blanc Brut - Sans sulfites ajoutés - L192030 Arthur Metz

FRANCE
Champagne Pierre Moncuit - Nicole Moncuit - Vieille Vigne Extra Brut 2006 Champagne Pierre Moncuit

ITALY
Valdobbiadene Docg - Dirupo Brut 2019 Az. Agr. Andreola di Stefano Pola

FRANCE
Crémant du Jura - Marcel Cabelier - Collection Chardonnay Brut Maison du Vigneron

HUNGARY
Hungaria Rosé Extra Dry Torley Pezsgopinceszet Kft
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2020 includes 12 wines.

General Trends and hight points

Top 10

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.

Geographical Diversity

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.

Effervescents du Monde 2021
The 19th Effervescents du Monde® confrontation will be held on November 2021.

The 2020 results are posted at:
[Results]

Effervescents du Monde is organised by the Forum Oenologie association

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Participating Countries

Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
England
France
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Moldavia
Portugal
Slovakia
South Africa
Spain
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine