Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 (Magnum) crowned
CSWWC Supreme World Champion 2017
Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 in Magnum has been named Supreme World Champion and Best French Sparkling Wine of the 2017 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), with Trentodoc producer Ferrari Lunelli crowned as Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year 2017. The announcements took place in front of a ‘who’s who’ gathering of over 120 international winemakers, producers and journalists at the annual Awards Dinner in Vintner’s Hall, London.
Founder and head judge Tom Stevenson said: “After a hardly fought contest, uncovering some exceptional sparkling wines from 29 different countries, we were delighted to see Dom Pérignon Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy collect the ultimate crown for the very first time.”
2017 was a ground-breaking year for the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, with entries from more countries than ever before. A total of 17 trophies were awarded from 82 Best in Class winners, including 10 National Champions, 4 World Champions by Style and the Chairman’s Trophy, presented this year to AR Lenoble 2008 Grand Cru Chouilly (Magnum).
Stevenson said, “It’s our mission not just to promote world class wines, but also to discover and reward new and exciting wines from established and emerging regions across the world. I was particularly pleased to see Chandon Argentina scoop two trophies this year: National Champion and World Champion Rosé for the Chandon Rosé NV.
“Although we stick rigidly to recognising and publishing only Gold and Silver medals, to ensure that each and every winning wine is very special, we also want to encourage those that produce Bronze level quality wines from emerging regions or established regions with very little history of sparkling wine production. It’s very hard for them to gauge how they are progressing when they have no local competition of world-class quality. This is where the CSWWC brings added value, providing them with feedback and consistent, objective and authoritative assessment from the same three sparkling wine specialists each year.”
The full World Champions by Style and National Champions for 2017 are:
- World Champion Blanc de Blancs – Hattingley 2011 Blancs de Blancs (Magnum) from England
- World Champion NV Brut Blend– Louis Roederer NV Brut Premier (Magnum) from Champagne
- World Champion Rosé – Chandon NV Rosé from Argentina
- World Champion Vintaged Brut Blend – Piper-Heidsieck 2008 Vintage
- Best Argentine Sparkling Wine – Chandon NV Rosé
- Best Australian Sparkling Wine – Howard Park Wines NV Jeté Brut Blanc
- Best Chinese Sparkling Wine – Chandon NV Brut
- Best English Sparkling Wine – Nyetimber 2009 Classic Cuvée (Jeroboam)
- Best French Sparkling Wine – Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 (Magnum)
- Best Italian Sparkling Wine – Maso Martis 2011 Brut Riserva (Magnum)
- Best New Zealand Sparkling Wine – Hunter’s 2013 Mirumiru Reserve
- Best South African Sparkling Wine – Klein Constantia 2013 Brut
- Best Spanish Sparkling Wine – Vilarnau NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva
- Best US Sparkling Wine – Roederer Estate NV Rosé
The following wines were also named Regional Champions 2017
- Best Cava – Vilarnau NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva
- Best Champagne – Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 in Magnum
- Best Franciacorta – Berlucchi ’61 Saten in Magnum
- Best Loire Sparkling Wine – Bouvet NV Saumur Brut
- Best Prosecco – Astoria NV Arzana Cartizze Dry
- Best Trentodoc – Maso Martis 2011 Brut Riserva in Magnum
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. A comprehensive analysis of all results with full tasting notes and price categories for each wine will be available in Tom Stevenson’s Champagne & Sparkling Wine Guide 2018 (due to be published in October/November 2017 and available via Amazon).
For a full list of trophy and medal winners, click here.
The Fizz 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. No other fizz competition is as tough, nor can match the consistency and accuracy of judging.
Open to effervescing quality 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. Although the judges will categorise the wines as Gold, Silver, Bronze, Commended, and No Award, we select and publish only the very best as winners, rejecting Bronze and lower awards (Silver and below for Deluxe Champagnes).