CSWWC 2016 Results

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Champagne Louis Roederer’s Cristal Brut 2002 (Magnum) was named Supreme World Champion and Best French Sparkling Wine 2016 at the Awards Dinner of the 2016 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships last night in London. The Champagne House was also named Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year in front of 100 international winemakers, producers and guests at the historic Vintner’s Hall.

Founder and head judge Tom Stevenson said: “Huge congratulations to Champagne Louis Roederer this year on winning 3 trophies, 4 Best in Class and 10 Gold Medals for their 10 entries. Last year Ferrari won Best Sparkling Wine Producer with 9 Golds, 7 Best in Class and the Best Italian Sparkling Wine trophy. This competition is very hard fought!”

2016 was a ground breaking year for the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, with more entries than ever before. A total of 20 trophies were awarded from over 60 Best in Class winners, including 11 National Champions, 6 World Champions by Style and the Chairman’s Trophy, presented this year to MCIII NV by Moët & Chandon. National Champions were awarded for the first time in Chile to Santa Digna Estelado Rosé NV Uva Païs, China to Chandon NV Brut Rosé and Hungary to Kreinbacher 2011 Brut Classic in Magnum.

Stevenson said, “It’s our mission to discover and reward new and exciting wines from emerging regions across the world. Although we stick rigidly to recognising and publishing only Gold and Silver medals, to ensure that every one of our winning wines is indeed special, we are very interested in Bronze medal wines from new producers who are serious about quality, particularly when they are located in emerging regions or established regions with very little history of sparkling wine production. It is very hard for such producers to gauge how they are progressing when they have no local competition of world-class quality. This is why feedback from the same three sparkling wine specialists every year can be so important in providing a consistent, objective and authoritative assessment.

World Champions by Style 2016

World Champion Classic Blanc de Blancs 2016
Ferrari NV Brut (Magnum) from Italy
World Champion Classic Brut Style from a Non Classic Grape 2016
Santa Digna Estelado Rosé NV Uva Païs from Chile
World Champion Classic NV Brut Blend
Charles Heidsieck NV Brut Réserve Champagne
World Champion Classic Brut Rosé 2016
Louis Roederer 2010 Brut Rosé Millésime Champagne
World Champion Classic Vintaged Brut Blend 2016
Moët & Chandon 2006 Grand Vintage (Magnum) Champagne
World Champion Library Vintage trophy
Dom Pérignon Rosé 1995 P2

National Champions 2016

Best Australian Sparkling Wine 2016 – Chandon 2005 Prestige Cuvée
Best Chilean Sparkling Wine 2016 – Santa Digna Estelado Rosé NV Uva Païs
Best Chinese Sparkling Wine 2016 – Chandon NV Brut Rosé
Best English Sparkling Wine 2016 – Squerryes 2011 Brut
Best French Sparkling Wine 2016 – Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Brut Millésime (Magnum)
Best Hungarian Sparkling Wine 2016 – Kreinbacher 2011 Brut Classic (Magnum)
Best Italian Sparkling Wine 2016 – Ferrari NV Brut (Magnum)
Best New Zealand Sparkling Wine 2016 – Hunter’s Mirumiru NV Rosé
Best South African Sparkling Wine 2016 – Graham Beck 2009 Cuvée Clive
Best Spanish Sparkling Wine 201 – 1+1=3 2014 Brut
Best US Sparkling Wine 2016 – Roederer Estate NV Brut Rosé (Magnum)

Regional Champions 2016

Best Cava – 1+1=3 2014 Brut Rosé
Best Champagne – Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Brut (Magnum)
Best Franciacorta – Berlucchi ’61 NV Rosé (Magnum)
Best Loire Sparkling Wine – Bouvet Saumur Saphir 2013 Brut
Best Prosecco – Nino Franco NV Rustico
Best Trentodoc – Ferrari NV Brut (Magnum)

For ALL 2016 trophy and medal results click here. Any producers wishing to purchase bottle stickers should download the CSWWC sticker order form 2016 and return it to Eva Callaghan on [email protected].

The Niche Competition That Trade & Consumers Trust

The CSWWC is the most respected, comprehensive and rigorous international sparkling wine competition in the world, judged exclusively by renowned fizz experts Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tony Jordan, together with permanent reserve judge George Márkus.

The complete list of Trophies, Best in Class, Gold and Silver medal winners for 2016 will be published with full tasting notes and price categories for each wine in Tom Stevenson’s Champagne & Sparkling Wine Guide 2017 (due to be published in October 2016 and available via Amazon).

Open to effervescing wines of every style produced anywhere on the planet, all wines entered into the CSWWC are judged blind and evaluated strictly within the context of their origin and style. The wines are judged to be Gold, Silver, Bronze, Commended, and No Award, but that is not good enough, so we took a leaf out of the champenois book. What makes a vintage better? Strict selection. After judging, we select only the very best as winners, rejecting Bronze and lower awards. For Deluxe Champagnes we even classify Silver medal wines as failures!

No competition in the world is as tough as this, and with three internationally renowned Champagne & sparkling wine specialists agreeing every medal awarded, no other global competition can match The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships for consistency and accuracy of judging.