Section 1 – Organisation
The ‘Asian Wine and Spirit – The Silk Route’ competition is organised by The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Vinopres s.a. rue de Mérode 60, 1060 Brussels, Belgium (website: www.aws-silkroute.com), hereafter referred to as the ‘Asian Wine & Spirit – The Silk Route’.
Section 3 – Products eligible to compete
The competition is open, without discrimination, to all Asian wines and to grape-based wines in accordance with the definitions of OIV’s International Code of Oenological Practices. All products must have an indication of the country of origin as well as the category of the wine 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 authorised 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 its 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 wine, its origins, price points or awards, thus complying with the rules of total anonymity.
2. 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 at 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.
The wine bottles are first placed in a sleeve that hides the shape of the bottle and guarantees sample anonymity. Wine glasses are filled in the tasting hall in front of the judges.
The tasting sessions are held preferably in the mornings. Each tasting includes no more than fifty wine samples per day.
The ‘Asian Wine & Spirit – The Silk Route’ guarantees optimal conditions for judges.
3. Sample presentation
Each sample is tasted individually and is not compared