It is know that the CSWWC does not officially award medals lower than Silver, however, we take a very keen interest in theoretical Bronze winners.
With a Bronze from a classic sparkling wine appellation, it is easy for producers to submit a magnum the next year and almost guarantee a Silver or even a Gold because the difference in quality between a regular 75cl bottle and a magnum of effectively the same wine is truly that great. However, when a Bronze is from a relatively obscure, unknown or untested region, they have virtually no local expertise to assist them, so it is important for those producers to understand that they could be on the verge of achieving a world class sparkling wine.
We make the judges’ notes for such wines exclusively available to their producers on a confidential basis and recommend they use this feedback to fine-tune their improvements. The competition becomes a record of their progress and, hopefully, it will eventually lead to a Silver or Gold medal. There were 281 theoretical Bronze medal wines this year.
SO…by all means go ahead, be proud, and claim that Bronze medal, and we will issue certificates on request (not the medal artwork) because we want to encourage producers of Bronze level wines!