Contest regulations

Contest regulations

Participation conditions :

  • Article 1:
    The contest is open to all wines meeting the French and European regulations in force, having obtained a certificate of respect of biological production mode or in-conversion delivered by a certifying body approved by the public authorities.
  • Article 2
    Samples may only be submitted where there are batches of wine available in a reasonable quantity to be put on sale – 10 hectolitres minimum. However when the production is particularly reduced, ex:”vins de paille of Jura”, batches no less than 1 hectolitre will be accepted after consent of the Contest President.

Registration :

  • Article 3:
    All participants will give the contest secretary – at the date fixed by the Contest Direction every year – a description sheet for each sample and a registration recap sheet listing all the samples presented as well as a copy of its certification. The information sheets and the analysis reports stay available for the agents in charge of the control for a period of five years.
  • Article 4 :
    A postal order or banker’s cheque to Amphore must be attached to the registration sheets. The rights perceived at the registry of the registration will be forfeited to Amphore, even if the samples are not transmitted, and in any other case where regulations have been disregarded.
  • Article 5 :
    An analysis report, less than a year old must accompany the consignment. This report will contain all elements allowing the identification of the sample. The analysis report will incorporate the actual and potential alcoholic strengths by volume, sugar, the total acidity, the volatile acidity, the sulphur dioxide, and the carbon dioxide overpressure for sparkling wine.

Sending samples:

  • Article 6 :
    Three bottles with their final or provisional label, but in conformity with the Community legislation in force, having their “representative capsules rights” “capsule en congé ou en CRD”, of a minimum of 75 cl by sample presented, must reach the indicated address on the registration sheet before the closing date. The presentation of the final label – for raw wines in tank for example – can be controlled before commercialisation.
  • Article 7 :
    The Contest Planner will keep a sample of each award-winning wine with its analysis report. These samples will be available to the control authorities for a period of one year
  • Article 8 :
    In order to avoid handling and transport charges, wines presented as a whole remain the property of the Organising Committee, who keeps them for the organisation of the contest.

Organisation of the contest:

  • Article 9 :
    Each batch of samples of three bottles will be numbered and grouped according to its area of origin and its appellation. A minimum of 3 distinct entries by category is required.
  • Article 10 :
    The Steering Committee of the contest takes steps to ensure the anonymity of the samples and the substitution of the original corks by anonymous corks.

Jury and awards :

  • Article 11:
    The confirmed jurors will be chosen from amongst the Administration Representatives, oenologists, traders, brokers, wine representatives, sommeliers, cellarmen and journalists in the specialized press. Every jury will be composed of at least three jurors. A declaration of honour will be requested from each juror confirming the absence of any direct link with the wines presented at the table.
  • Article 12:
    The jury will be appointed by the Steering Committee, he/she will assign with a mark all wines at his/her table, at maximum 20, without any exception, following the information sheet given to each juror (Sheet AMPHORE-O.I.V). A chairman of the table will be designed to carry out the degustation and record the results on the sheet provided.
  • Article 13:
    Before the contest, the jury will participate in the standardization of the analysis, that is to say the sharing of the parameters of the analysis.
  • Article 14:
    The jury will propose allocation of the distinctions according to the results of these grades.
  • Article 15:
    From a general perspective, the number of awarded samples is limited to 33%.
  • Article 16:
    The results of each sample (awarded or not) will be sent to those concerned, only by post. A diploma certifying the reward, will be handed or addressed to the owner of the wine declared on the registration sheet.

Functions of the Steering Committee:

  • Article 17:
    The S. C. is responsible for the good running of the contest, it can control the activities of the jurors, it organizes second marking in a measured way in case of excess of the 33% of wines awarded, it also ensures the respect of anonymity. The S. C. will be able to have conformity controls carried out between the given sheet and the awarded sample, but also between the awarded sample and the samples placed on the market. In case of non conformity, the contest’s S. C. reserves the right to penalize the registrant by his exclusion to participate to any other contest. This penalty does not preclude any criminal proceedings which could rise.Two months before the running of the contest, the S. C. sends the DIRECCTE the date and the location where the contest will take place. As soon as the awards are issued, the S. C. sends the DIRECCTE an account stating the good running of the contest with the statistical data, as stipulated in the Executive Decree of 13th February 2013.
  • Article 19:
    Participation in the contest is considered as acceptance of the present regulations.