Entry requirements :
- Article 1
The competition is open to any wine following the existing European regulations having obtained the organic or « in-conversion » certification delivered by a certification body approved by public authorities.
- Article 2
Only the wines produced in sufficient quantity to be sold on the market – ie 10 hectolitres minimum – shall enter the contest. Nevertheless when the production i slow – as it is the case for Jura’s « vins de paille », wines with a production of 1 hectolitre minimum shall be authorised to enter the contest following the contest president’s approval.
- Article 3
The following documents shall be sent to the address mentioned on the registration form and before the indicated deadlines :
– registration form
– a less-than-a-year old analysis report
– PDO or PGI registration
– For the wines without PDO or PGI : the application for the indication of the vintage and grape variety
All information sheets and analysis reports must be kept available for inspection by the relevant authorities for 5 years.
- Article 4
The registration fees shall be paid by bank transfer and are not refundable.
- Article 5
A less-than-a-year old analysis report shall be sent with the registration form. This report shall contain all necessary information to identify the sample. It will also mention the actual and potential alcoholic strength by volume, sugar levels (glucose, fructose), the total acidity level, volatile acidity, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide overpressure for sparkling wines.
Delivery of the samples :
- Article 6
A sample is constituted by 3 bottles of a minimum of cl 75 per bottle, with their final or temporary* labels, cleared from customs fees and duties (capsule congé or CRD). The sample shall be delivered to the address indicated in the registration form prior to the closing date.
*temporary labels shall follow the current EU regulation
The sample shall be produced from a single batch. A single batch is composed of a set of sales units of a wine kept in labelled containers or a wine in bulk, produced and packaged in similar conditions and offering similar organoleptic and analytical characteristics. If the wine is stored in bulk in different containers, the contest sample shall be composed of units from various containers. The units shall be calculated as a pro rata of the total volume of these containers. The Organising Committee may carry out analyses on the awarded wines and compare them with the ones provided by other competitors for similar wines.
- Article 7
The organisers of the contes will keep a bottle of each rewarded wine with its analysis. These bottles will be made available to control agencies for a period of one year.
- Article 8
In order to avoid handling and transportation extra charges, the wines taking part in the contest shall remain the property of the Organising Committee and shall be used for the contest.
Organisation of the contest :
- Article 9
Each 3-bottle sample will be numbered and grouped according to its origin. A minimum of 3 samples per category is required to validate the awards. The contest categories shall be confirmed as per the number of registrations before the date of the contest Should the registrations in a specific category be inferior to 3, the samples in this category shall be registered in a larger category with a similar concept. The wines in grouping categories shall be comparable.
- Article 10
The Organising Committee of the contest will mask the bottles for blind tasting purposes.
Jury and awards :
- Article 11
The members of the jury shall be experienced judges selected amongst oenologists, wine merchants, wine brokers, sommeliers, wine & food journalists. Each jury shall be composed of a minimum of 3 members. A sworn statement regarding direct or indirect links with companies, organisations, trade associations related to the competition wines, will be required for all judges. The Organising Committee shall take the appropriate steps to prevent that judges be also competitors and judge their own wines.
- Article 12
The members of the jury will mark all wines on their table – a maximum of 20 – without exception and following a specific procedure – AMPHORE 0.1.V data sheet – handed over to each member of the jury. Each table shall name a president whose tasks will be to ensure that the tasting is properly carried out and to report all results on the form provided for this purpose.
- Article 13
Before the contest, the jury will participate to a calibration session in order to define commun criteria of analysis.
- Article 14
The jury shall reward some wines after all results have been compiled.
- Article 15
The total number of awards per category cannot exceed a third of the total number of wines.
- Article 16
The results for each sample – awarded or not – will be communicated by mail. Following the award, a diploma will be sent to wine maker – whose name is indicated on the registration form.
Functions of the Organising Committee
- Article 17
The Organising Committee is in charge of the proper conduct of the contest and may check on the members of the jury. Should the number of awards exceed 33%, the Organising Committee will proceed with a second marking. The Organising Committee actively exercises all care to ensure anonymity and is entitled to carry out compliance verification on the rewarded wines and the information & analysis provided for these as well as on marketed samples. In case of non-compliance, the Organising Committee reserves the right to penalise the competitor by forbidding any future participation. This sanction shall be without prejudice to penal proceedings.
Two months prior to the contest, the Organising Committee shall inform the « DIRECCTE » of the date and place of the contest. As soon as the results are published, the Organising Committee shall send a report certifying the proper conduct of the contest as well as datas as described in the order of 13th February 2013 to the « DIRECCTE ».
- Article 18
The participation to the contest requires the acceptance of these regulations.