Champagnes triumph at the CSWWC Awards 2017

All pictures by Charmaine Grieger

Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 in Magnum was named Supreme World Champion and Best French Sparkling Wine Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy collected the trophies from judges Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tony Jordan in front of a ‘who’s who’ gathering of over 120 international winemakers, producers and journalists at Vintner’s Hall in London.

Champagne was the dominant category of the night, ta king five of the 17 coveted trophies. Louis Roederer NV Brut Premier in Magnum was awarded World Champion NV Brut Blend, whilst Piper-Heidsieck 2008 Vintage was named World Champion Vintaged Brut Blend and AR Lenoble 2008 Grand Cru Chouilly in Magnum collected the Chairman’s Trophy.



Marinel Fitzsimmons and Richard Billett collecting the multiple awards for Louis Roederer and Roederer Estate

George Markus hands over the Best Vintage World Champion by Style to Benoît Collard for Piper-Heidsieck 2008

Founder and head judge Tom Stevenson said: “After four years of being pipped to the post by Roederer, it was a real pleasure to be able to award Supreme World Champion, our highest accolade, to Dom Pérignon for the first time! But Roederer did not come away empty handed; and it was a joy to recognise both Piper-Heidsieck and AR Lenoble for their stunning champagnes.”

Christial Holthausen collects the Chairman’s Trophy for AR Lenoble

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 and 4 World Champions by Style. Trentodoc producer Ferrari Lunelli was crowned Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year 2017.

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. More details of the Trophy, Best in Class and Medal winning wines are available from 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).

Neil Beckett of The World of Fine Wine magazine and George Markus enjoying the show

The judging team: George Markus, Essi Avellan MW, Tom Stevenson and Dr Tony Jordan

ChampagneSpy aka Dan Roznov and Nick Baker of

Anne Krebiehl MW enjoying the offering of the evening

Hugh Johnson entertains Tori Eeles and Willem Pincon of Charles Heidsieck/Liberty Wines