The world’s best sparkling wine in 2014 is…

Every wine, or wine type, has its “best in the world” competition these days, it seems. Sparkling wine too of course. And since we are getting closer to the peak sparkling wine season of the year the news of the results of The World’s Best Sparkling Wine competition (or Effervescents du Monde) is timely.

Effervescents du Monde logoThis year it was the 12th edition of the competition with over 600 competing wines. As in all competitions, only those who participate can win a medal, so this denomination of “world’s best” should of course be taken with a pinch of salt (as in all competitions). On the other hand, sparkling wines, more than most, rely on fame and brand reputation, so a blind tasting competition is certainly an interesting opportunity to find some really good sparkling wines that are not among the “beautiful and famous” world-wide brands.

We at BKWine are regularly part of juries in wine competitions and it is always an interesting experience. It is not always the wines that one expects that come out on top. It is also a very humbling experience to taste wines totally blind, as is often but not always the case in competitions. Tasting wines in that kind of a context gives you a lot of scepticism towards people who claim to be able to recognise various wines totally blind… But these competitions are not about identifying and guessing what wine it is, it is “simply” about evaluating the quality.

But back to the “world’s best sparkling wines”, to give you some inspiration of the end-of-year purchases!

The top-ten list actually contains 13 wines; the finish was so close so there was a number of ex-aequo! France, Switzerland, Spain and New Zealand are represented on the list:

Top 10* sparklling wines in the world (meilleurs Effervescents du Monde®) 2014
Champagne Chassenay d'Arce - Confidences Rosé BrutChassenay d'ArceFrance
Grand Vin Mousseux - Mauler -Cuvée des Bénédictins BrutMauler et Cie SaSwitzerland
Crémant de Bourgogne Veuve Ambal Grande Cuvée Brut - CR2451Veuve AmbalFrance
Champagne R. Dumont et Fils Solera Réserve BrutChampagne R. Dumont et FilsFrance
Cava Anna Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Reserva BrutCodorniuSpain
Crémant de Limoux "Tête de Cuvée" BrutCalmel & JosephFrance
Crémant de Bourgogne Louis Bouillot Grande Réserve Perle de Vigne BrutMaison Louis Bouillot - FGV BoissetFrance
Crémant de Bourgogne Veuve Ambal Grande Cuvée Brut - CR2445Veuve AmbalFrance
Cava Freixenet Casa Sala - Cuvée de Prestige Brut Nature 2006Freixenet SASpain
Champagne Cuvée Vieilles Vignes BrutChampagne Dom CaudronFrance
Champagne Rosé BrutChampagne Philippe FourrierFrance
Crémant d'Alsace Brut RéserveMaison Pierre Sparr SuccesseursFrance
Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon BlancSileni Estates LimitedNew Zealand
* Some wines were ex-aequo so the list contains 13 wines

Certainly some good ones to try for New Year, or just any day!

More information and all medals:

Flute filled with sparkling wine

Flute filled with sparkling wine, copyright BKWine Photography

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