Trophies & Best in Class

Trophies & Best in Class 2018-07-31T17:58:40+00:00

Trophies & Best in Class

Only Gold medal wines compete for Best in Class and Trophies.

Wines are automatically categorised by the competition administrators (entrants are unable to choose their own category) into the most appropriate class or, where applicable, more than one appropriate class.

If there are no golds in any category, no further awards are possible.

Best in Class

Style Classes

  • Brut Nature (non-aromatic grapes, 0-3g RS)
  • Blend (non-aromatic grapes, 0-15g RS)
  • Blanc de Blancs (non-aromatic grapes, 0-15g RS)
  • Blanc de Noirs (non-aromatic grapes, 0-15g RS)
  • Rosé (non-aromatic grapes, 0-15g RS)
  • Off-Dry (non-aromatic, any style, 16-34g RS)
  • Demi-Sec (non-aromatic grapes, any style, 35-50g RS)
  • Sweet (non-aromatic grapes, any style, 51+g RS)
  • Aromatic Brut (aromatic grapes, any style, 16-34g RS)
  • Aromatic Off-Dry (aromatic grapes, any style, 16-34g RS)
  • Aromatic Demi-Sec (aromatic grapes, any style, 35-50g RS)
  • Aromatic Sweet (aromatic grapes, any style, 51+g RS)
  • Dry Red (0-15g RS)
  • Off-Dry Red (16-34g RS)
  • Demi-Sec Red (35-50g RS)
  • Sweet Red (51+g RS)
Two separate categories exist for each of the above classes: NV (or MV) and Vintage.

Special classes (All)

  • Library Vintage (any grapes, any style, minimum age: 20 years)
  • Future Release* (for a wine not yet available but due to be released before June of the following year, must be vintaged, unless it is a brand new non-vintage or multi-vintage cuvée)
  • Classic Brut Style** from non-traditional grapes
  • Magnum
  • Value
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
*With just one exception, a Future Release will not eligible for any other Best in Class or Trophy because it might not be the final commercial disgorgement or dosage. The exception is the trophy for a Classic Brut Style from non-traditional grapes because it has already demonstrated its potential whatever might or might not happen during the disgorgement.
**In this instance it can be any pure varietal classic style (i.e., Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs or Rosé) and Brut includes any wine labelled or technically qualifying as Brut Nature, Extra Brut or Brut. Non-classic grapes consist of varieties not traditionally associated with a recognised brut style sparkling wine, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier for Champagne; Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo for Cava, Glera for Prosecco etc.

Special classes (Champagne)

  • Single Vineyard (any style)
  • Best Grower Champagne

Deluxe Champagne Best in Class

  • MV Blend
  • Vintage Blend
  • Blanc de Blancs
  • Rosé
  • Library Vintage
  • Magnum
  • Best Deluxe Champagne

1. There is no distinction between Multi-vintage and Vintage for any of these classes, with the exception of Vintage Blend and Library Vintage (which must be a vintage of at least 20 years of age).
2. At the medal stage, all deluxe cuvées are tasted blind and randomly dispersed amongst non-deluxe cuvees, so that the judges are not tipped-off that they should be special. However, all deluxe cuvees SHOULD be special, so we cull everything other than Gold medals. Having established the “crème de la crème”, Gold medal deluxe cuvees are, for the first and only time, tasted together for Deluxe Champagne Best in Class awards.
3. No deluxe cuvee is allowed to compete for the regular Champagne Best in Class awards and thus cannot move forward to World Champion Trophies by Style. The only exceptions are Library Vintage, which can compete for World Champion Library Vintage and Best Deluxe Champagne, which can compete for Best Champagne and, therefore, Best French Sparkling Wine and thus Supreme World Champion Sparkling Wine.
4. There is no difference between a deluxe cuvée and a prestige cuvée, the terms are completely interchangeable, but there is a difference between a producer’s recognised deluxe cuvée and special or very special cuvée from the same producer. However, as the difference between a deluxe cuvée and other special cuvées is not straightforward and often debateable, the CSWWC reserves the right to declare what is and is not a deluxe cuvée in the context of its own awards.

Regional Champions

The Best in Class winners from each regional appellation will be re-tasted to determine the overall Regional Champion

  • Best Cava
  • Best Champagne
  • Best Franciacorta
  • Best Loire
  • Best Prosecco
  • Best Trentodoc
The above list is not necessarily exhaustive. Because of the possibility of this list expanding in the future, Regional Champions do not receive a trophy as such, although they are regarded as the ultimate award for their respective regions.

National Champions

World Champion Trophies (by style)

  • Classic NV Brut* Blend
  • Classic Vintaged Brut* Blend
  • Classic Blanc de Blancs Brut* (vintage or non-vintage)
  • Classic Blanc de Noirs Brut* (vintage or non-vintage)
  • Classic Rosé Brut* (vintage or non-vintage)
  • Library Vintage
  • Sparkling Red (any sweetness, vintage or non-vintage)
  • Sparkling Aromatic (any sweetness, vintage or non-vintage)
  • Classic Brut Style from non-traditional grapes**
*Brut includes any wine labelled or technically qualifying as Brut Nature, Extra Brut or Brut.
**In this instance it can be any pure varietal classic style (i.e., Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs or Rosé) and Brut includes any wine labelled or technically qualifying as Brut Nature, Extra Brut or Brut. Non-classic grapes consist of varieties not traditionally associated with a recognised brut style sparkling wine, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier for Champagne; Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo for Cava, Glera for Prosecco etc.

Special Trophies

  • Chairman’s Trophy
  • Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year
  • Supreme World Champion