A bubbles-only wine competition has been launched by Champagne expert and Wine-Searcher columnist Tom Stevenson in a bid to find the best Champagnes and sparkling wines in the world.
The judging process is due to start at the first Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships but there won’t be any bronze medals or highly commended awards handed out.
“On average 30 percent of wines entered into major competitions receive bronze medals, and approximately 25 percent are commended, whereas gold and silver combined represent only 10 to 15 percent. We believe that claiming 65-70 percent of the wines entered into any competition are award winners effectively diminishes the value of those awards,” explained Stevenson.
Consequently, the trio of judges – Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tony Jordan – will assess the wines and announce only those winning a gold medal in the Champagne category, and only gold and silver medals in other sparkling wine regions. Lesser medals will not be awarded, announced or publicized.
“If any of the wines you enter does not win one of these truly elite awards, no-one will know that is has even been entered in the competition. With this guarantee of glory or absolute anonymity, we hope to attract the very best Champagnes and sparkling wines,” Stevenson added.
The ultimate prize is one of the 50-odd “World Champion” trophies from “World Champion Champagne” to “World Champion sparkling red”.
The results will be announced in September.