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Richard Juhlin awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur

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Richard Juhlin awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur

27th of February 2014

M. Richard Juhlin is awarded the chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by a decrete by the Président of the French Republic, M. François Hollande. The award is handed over to Richard Juhlin by the French amassador in Sweden, M. Jean-Pierre Lacroix duriing a ceremony at the French residence in Stockholm.

‘Richard Juhlin is one of the most wellknown and best Champagne connoisseurs of Champagne. He has clasified more than 8 000 Champagnes, wich means that his Champagne database is the most most comprehensive review of the Champagne district and its wines ever made. It’s a great job. He is a true ambassador for Champagne-Ardenne region in Sweden and all over the world and this award is a way to thank him,’ 

says French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Lacroix 

Richard Juhlin’s Champagne connoisseur who has written a number of books on champagne translated into several languages, including A scent of champagne (2013) and Champagne Guide (2008). He has the world record for the number of tested champagnes. He is a writer and lecturer, and is consulted for Champagne tastings worldwide. Between 1987 and 1995 Mr. Richard Juhlin was a PE teacher. The holiday was spent in French wine regions, and interest in wine soon developed into a passion for champagne and a new career.


The Legion of Honor is France’s most distinguished awards It was instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. The Order is awarded for outstanding military or civilian operations. More on the Legion d’Honneur.

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Richard Juhlin is the world’s number one champagne expert, most famous for his skills in blind taste tasting. Since 1998 he has held the world record for most champagne ever tasted, having tasted more than 14,000+ different unique champagnes in his lifetime.

In 2013 Juhlin was awarded the Légion d’honneur. His additional awards include the Chevalier d’Arc in 1997 and the Mérite agricole from the French Ministry of Agriculture in 2002, and in 2003 at the annual Spectacle du Monde tasting in Paris he correctly identified 43 out of 50 champagnes. Juhlin is also credited with arranging one of the greatest champagne tastings ever held, a 1999 Stockholm Millenium tasting event spotlighting 150 of the best champagnes ever made.

Juhlin is the author of nine books, including Champagne Magnum Opus, Champagne Hiking, The Great Tasting and 3,000 Champagnes, all three of which received the prize for ‘Best Book on French Wines in the World’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Another release, 4,000 Champagnes, received an important prize – ‘The International Champagne Writer of the Year Award’ in 2005 at The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards at Vinexpo in 2005.


’By listing more than 12,000+ tasting notes of Champagne, Mr. Richard Juhlin has established himself as one of the best connoisseurs of Champagne in the world and one of the most influential promoters of this French know-how (savoir-faire). His outstanding work, carried out with determination for more than 20 years, has contributed significantly to the spread of Champagne in Sweden & the world, but also to the promotion of the Champagne-Ardenne region here. In appointing Richard Juhlin Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the French authorities wanted to pay tribute to his work of passion and promotion of Champagne’

by the former French President François Hollande

‘The Mozart and Beethoven of wine today may be Robert Parker and Richard Juhlin. Robert Parker received the highest distinction in France, the Legion of Honor in 1999 from President Chirac. Richard Juhlin received the Legion of Honor from President François Hollande in 2013. As the Emperor of Austria might have said, Beethoven (and Parker) might make more noise, and Mozart (and Juhlin) may have too many notes, but both are beautiful for everyone and changed music (and wine) forever.'
Edouard Cointreau - CEO - Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

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