Section 1 – Organisation
The CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES is organised by Vinopres s.a. rue de Mérode 60, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgium (web site : www.concoursmondial.com) from hereon called the « CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES ».
From its advent, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has been recognised by the European Union as an official organisation with the power to award medals to wines. As such, it is inspected annually by officials from the Belgian Federal Public Service Economy.
Section 3 – Products eligible for competing
The competition is open, without discrimination, to all wines, in accordance with the definitions of the “International Code of Oenological Practices” of the O.I.V. All products must have an indication of the country of origin and of the place where grapes were harvested.
All these products must be destined for sale and must be from a homogeneous batch of at least 1000 litres. On an exceptional basis, a reduced volume, of at least 100 litres, may be admitted upon justification of a particularly low production. All samples must be presented with labels and commercial presentation.
If the product has not yet been conditioned at the moment of the sampling, and if the batch registered in CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES is bulk, the sample shall be accompanied by the document listed at the end of these regulations, called “Certificate of sample conformity presented in bulk”.
Section 12 – Overall functioning of the commissions
As anonymity is a fundamental principle of the competition:
a. During the tasting the jurors are required to keep silent and avoid gestures or facial expressions that might give away their impressions.
b. Before the serving of each sample, the score sheets that are handed out may bear technical information relative to the sample. These sheets may also bear the jury number and the juror’s name.
c. The staff that collects the sheets ensures they have been correctly filled out. The chairman then signs them for validation.
d. Jurors cannot keep a double.
e. Jurors are not allowed to know the identification of a wine, its origins, price, points or awards, thus respecting total anonymity.
2. Mode of operation
Once the commissions are formed, in order to explain the point of their mission, they are reunited prior to the tasting, for one or more meetings and will have a group tasting, afterwards comparing the results of each taster to provide a balance between the evaluation criteria of each taster.
a. The commissions are seated in a well aired, well lit and quiet hall where entry is prohibited to any person having nothing to do with the tasting sessions. Where possible the temperature is kept between 18°C and 22°C. Smoking is not allowed.
b. A second hall next door but out of the jurors’ sight is reserved for the uncorking of samples and maintenance of anonymity. Smoking is not allowed here either.
c. The filling of glasses is done in the tasting hall in front of the jurors.
d. In all cases, the bottles are first placed in a wrapping that hides the shape of the bottle and guarantees sample anonymity.
e. The tasting sessions are held preferably in the mornings. Each tasting is done at a rate of fifty samples per day.
f. THE CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES guarantees optimal conditions for the jurors.
3. Presentation of the wines
Each wine is tasted individually and is not compared.