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Michel Parisot, Head Winemaker at Champagne Devaux, named International Wine Challenge's Sparkling Winemaker of the Year 2020

Date of Published: December 2020

Michel Parisot has been Head Winemaker at Champagne Devaux since 1999. The Devaux Champagne House is located in Bar-sur-Seine in the Cote des Bar, and is known for its distinctively complex, balanced and flavourful champagnes predominantly from the Cote des Bar, Cote des Blancs and Montgueux. Since his arrival in 1991, biker and music lover Michel has progressed within the company, his aim always being to create easy-drinking, incredible-tasting wines. Now he and his team have been rewarded for their efforts with the title of International Wine Challenge Sparkling Winemaker of the Year 2020. 

The International Wine Challenge 

Every year, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) acknowledges and celebrates the world's top winemakers. Now in its 38th year, the IWC is recognised as the most rigorous, impartial and influential annual wine competition in the world. 

In a highly rigorous judging process, each wine Is assessed 'blind' and rated for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. All medal-winning wines are tasted at least three times: first by a minimum of two judging panels, then by two of the competition's co-chairs who confirm the panels' assessments. The IWC judging teams include international wine industry experts and influencers, commercial decision makers and MWs; they work together to identify the highest quality wines each year from the 52 wine-producing countries represented in the competition. 

Champagne Devaux's unique terroir 

Champagne Devaux have been making champagne since 1846, always with a distinctly contemporary edge. Their Collection D, Cceur des Bar and Les Classiques ranges, their Rose des Riceys and Coteaux Champenois still wines and the inimitable Stenope made in collaboration with Michel Chapoutier, all reflect the unique history and expertise inherent in the House and the terroirs of Cote des Bar.