Section 1 – Organization
Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is organized by Vinopres s.a., rue de Mérode 60, 1060 Brussels, Belgium (website: www.spiritsselection.com), referred to hereafter as ‘SPIRITS SELECTION BY CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES’.
According to legislation governing the spirits market and labelling of spirits products, and as confirmed by the Official Journal of the European Union C96 / 1 of 23 April 2003, the CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES is authorized to organize the competition and bestow awards. (1) (2)
Section 3 – Products eligible to compete
The competition is open, without discrimination, to all spirits. All products must feature a country of origin indication as well as their spirits category on the label. All products must be destined for sale and must be from a consistent batch of at least 1,000 litres. On an exceptional basis, a reduced volume of at least 100 litres may be authorized provided proof of boutique-scale production is supplied. All samples must be presented with labels and commercial presentation. If the product was packaged specifically for the competition, the sample shall be accompanied by explanatory documents justifying the status.
Section 12 – Overall running of the panels
As anonymity is a fundamental principle of the competition:
During the tasting, judges are required to keep silent and avoid gestures or facial expressions that might give away their impressions.
Before each sample is served, the score sheets that are handed out may feature technical information pertaining to the sample. These sheets may also bear the judge’s number and name.
The staff that collects the sheets ensures they have been correctly filled out. The chairman then signs them for approval.
Judges cannot keep a double.
Judges are not allowed to know the identity of a spirit, its origins, price, points or awards, thus complying with the rules of total anonymity.
- Operational mode
Once the panels have been formed, they are convened once or more prior to the tasting in order to explain the purpose of their mission. A group tasting follows so as to compare the results of each judge and set a benchmark for evaluation criteria within the panel.
The panels are seated in a properly aired, well-lit and quiet hall where entry is prohibited to anybody not directly involved in the tasting sessions. Wherever possible, the temperature is kept between 18°C and 22°C. Smoking is not allowed.
A second hall next door, referred to as the preparation hall but kept out of the judges’ sight, is reserved for uncorking samples and ensuring anonymity. Smoking is similarly forbidden.
Glasses are filled in the preparation hall out of the judges’ sight.
The tasting sessions are held preferably in the mornings. Each tasting includes no more than thirty-five samples per day.
Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles guarantees optimal conditions for judges.
- Spirits presentation
Each spirit is tasted individually and is not compared.