The standout performer of this year’s Championship is the Collection Carassia Blanc de Blancs Magnum 2017 Vintage
Carassia sparkling wines received three Best in Class awards, a National Champion Trophy, and a special distinction in the finals of the highly esteemed sparkling wine category. In the final round of the CSWWC, the Carassia Collection Blanc de Blancs Magnum 2017 Vintage was named World Champion among the ten competing national and regional champions. This announcement took place on Thursday, November 2, during the CSWWC awards ceremony in London.
For the first time, a Carassia sparkling wine has emerged as a finalist. The Collection Carassia Blanc de Blancs Magnum 2017 Vintage claimed the title of Best Blanc de Blancs of 2023 in a tough competition against nine other National and Regional Champions. This victory is extraordinary as it signifies a breakthrough for Carassia in the world of sparkling wines.
Collection #1 | Carassia Blanc de Blancs Magnum 2017 Vintage
The Collection Carassia Blanc de Blancs Magnum 2017 Vintage holds a unique place in the winery's offerings as the first sparkling wine in the new Collection category and the initial magnum bottled in the winery's history. Boasting the freshness, elegance, and finesse of the chardonnay variety, this Blanc de Blancs stands out with its 'classic complexity' and 'elegant fruitiness,' as noted by the three CSWWC judges - Essi Awellan MW, Tom Stevenson President, and George Markus.
This success is attributed to meticulous craftsmanship, the influence of terroir, the art of Chardonnay blending, and a long maturation process spanning over 60 months. The journey to the World Champion trophy began with the National Champion title and a Best in Class award for the best Blanc de Blancs Vintage Brut in Romania.
In addition to the Collection Carassia Blanc de Blancs Magnum 2017 Vintage, Carassia Classic Magnum NV received the Best in Class award for the best Romanian non-vintage brut sparkling wine, and the Carassia Blanc de Blancs Magnum NV was honoured as the best non-vintage brut Blanc de Blancs in Romania.
The Collection category, representing the pinnacle of Carassia's commitment to excellence, showcases the winery's dedication to expressing the highest level of quality. This new category encompasses the essence of Carassia, including the unique terroir, varietals, specific vintages, and extended maturation in limited editions. Always unique, yet always Carassia-style!
The inaugural lot in the Collection, known as Collection #1 holds a special place in Carassia's history. After six years of patient waiting, the winery proudly introduces a precious sampling of its first magnum bottles, embodying the essence of extended maturation and the méthode traditionnelle. This creation, limited to one hundred and ninety bottles from the initial 2017 magnum production, captures the depth of time, the essence of the Carassia style, the distinctive character of the vintage, and the complexity expressed in pure elegance.
The CSWWWC competition is in its 10th year and is the largest and most rigorous sparkling wine competition in the world. A total of 170 gold medals (almost 18%) and 218 silver medals were awarded, with almost 1000 sparkling wines from 19 different countries being judged over 11 days by the panel of three world-class sparkling wine and champagne experts. This year, wines from over 40 different regions around the world participated in the competition. At the awards ceremony on 2 November in London, 11 world champions, 14 national champions, 15 regional champions were honoured and 4 special trophies were presented to the world's leading sparkling wine producers.
CSWWC 2023 Jury: Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW, George Markus, Simon Stockton - reserve judge