Rules & regulations

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RULES AND REGULATIONS’ EXTRACT OF THE CONCOURS INTERNATIONAL DU GAMAY

The complete Rules and Regulations document is available on request at Concours International du Gamay, Parc Du Peloux, 331 chemin de la Croix de Fer, 69400 Limas, France.

ARTICLE 1 : PURPOSE
The Gamay International Competition is organised by Armonia, located at Parc Du Peloux, 331 chemin de la Croix de Fer, 69400 Limas France, and Inter Beaujolais, located at 210 Bd Vermorel, 69400 Villefranche/Saône. The competition is open to all wines in the world (reds and rosés) with or without a geographical denomination and that are made using a majority of Gamay grapes (85% at least). Each wine must be in conformity with regulations in force in its country of origin. The goal of the Concours International du Gamay is to showcase high-quality wines.

ARTICLE 2: WINES AUTHORISED TO COMPETE
The following wines may take part in the competition: still wines, liqueur wines, sparkling and semi-sparkling wines.
In France the following wines are authorised: PDO, PGI, sparkling wines, semi-sparkling and liqueur wines, etc. With regard to wines having a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication, only those wines that have been the object of a declaration of claim (provided for in articles D. 644-5 and D. 646-6 of the Rural Code and the Code of Maritime Fishing) may participate in the competition. With regard to wines that do not have a protected geographical indication but are presented with an indication of vintage or grape variety, only those wines whose vintage or grape variety has been certified in conformity with the provisions of article R. 665-24 of the Rural Code and the Code of Maritime Fishing may participate in the competition.

ARTICLE 3: PROFESSIONALS AUTHORISED TO PRESENT WINES
The following professionals may participate: winemakers, wine cooperatives, associated wine cooperatives, groups of producers, producers, wine merchants, importers.

ARTICLE 4: HOMOGENEITY OF WINE LOTS
The wine sample presented to the Concours International du Gamay must come from a homogenous lot. The lot is made up of a wine produced for human consumption and stored in individual containers or in bulk. A homogenous lot is defined as a number of sales units of packaged wine, or containers of bulk wine, that were produced and, in the case of packaged wine, packaged under practically identical conditions. The wine in all the sales units or containers must also have similar organoleptic and analytical characteristics.

ARTICLE 6: SENDING SAMPLES
Each sample submitted to the Concours International du Gamay should be representative of the lot to which it belongs. If a wine is stored in bulk in various containers, samples should be taken from each and blended to form the final sample submitted to the Concours International du Gamay, with the volumes taken from each container reflecting the percentage of the total stored in that container.
For each wine registered, 3 samples of 0.5l or 0.75l shall be submitted. Sales labels in conformity with the regulations of the country of production or sale shall be affixed to the sample bottles before they are submitted. In any case, the identifying label should provide the same information and details as those appearing on the wine registration form.
Samples should arrive at the Concours International du Gamay ‘postage paid’, i.e., with shipping, customs duties and taxes paid by the sender. Bottles shall be sent at the participant’s expense and at his or her own risk. Any sample sent shipping due will be refused. Samples received that do not correspond to registration information or were not previously registered will not be presented for tasting and will remain the property of the Concours International du Gamay.

ARTICLE 7: REGISTRATION RULES
Registration fees must be paid in accordance with provisions laid down in Article 9. Payment methods are also described in detail in Article 9.
The information provided on both forms is binding on its author.
The following documents must be sent to the address given above in order to register for the Concours International du Gamay:
- an analysis report less than one year old (see article 8) for each wine.
And for France:
- the declaration of claim for wines with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication,
- the request for certification for wines that do not have a protected geographical indication but are presented with an indication of vintage or grape variety.

Participants must indicate if they have any direct or indirect links with a wine taster on a jury so that the organisers can make sure this wine taster does not judge the participant’s wine.

ARTICLE 8: ANALYSIS REPORT
The analysis report should include information that makes it possible to identify the sample, along with the following analytical information:
- the actual and potential alcoholic strength by volume at 20°, expressed as % vol.;
- sugars (glucose + fructose), expressed in g/l;
- total acidity, expressed in mEq/l;
- volatile acidity, expressed in mEq/l;
- total sulphur dioxide content, expressed in mg/l;
- excess pressure from carbon dioxide for sparkling wine, expressed in bar;
For a period of one year, the Concours International du Gamay will keep a sample of award-winning wines, and their analysis reports, to make available to control organisations upon request. The participant should do the same. The wine form and analysis report will be kept on file and made available to agents responsible for controls for a period of five years from the competition date.

ARTICLE 9: REGISTRATION FEES
The amounts of registration fees are indicated on the participant form and on the site. They are given in euros, include all taxes and are the same for all countries: 45€ including VAT for each wine presented (37.50€ ex VAT).
- For France payment can be made with a personal cheque to the order of Armonia - Concours International du Gamay, or by bank transfer or credit card.
- For all other countries, in Europe and elsewhere, payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.
In keeping with European legislation, services provided in France must be invoiced with French VAT for participants based in France or outside the European Union. Those who are in the EU (excluding France) with a VAT number will be invoiced ex-VAT.
The choice of payment method for the registration fees is made online in the participant’s personal space, after having completed the wine registration process. Credit card payment is made via a secure online payment system (Visa, Mastercard).
Payment should be made to the order of Armonia - Concours International du Gamay.
If registration fees for a wine have not been paid, the wine will not be allowed to take part in the competition.
The Concours International du Gamay is not responsible for paying bank fees. Credit cards are charged and checks are sent to the bank on the day the registration is recorded.
Registration fees cannot be reimbursed if, for example, samples or forms arrive after the deadline, if the wine does not receive a prize, or if the registration is cancelled for any reason.

Participants shall receive an invoice by email. If the participant does not have an email account, the invoice will be sent by fax or post, as requested.

ARTICLE 10: CALENDAR
The opening and closing dates for registrations, as well as the deadline for the samples reception are available upon request from the Concours International du Gamay, Parc Du Peloux, 331 chemin de la Croix de Fer, 69400 Limas, France. This information also can be found on the website www.concoursgamay.com.

ARTICLE 14: COMPOSITION OF JURIES
Juries are composed of jurors who are designated and called directly by the commissioner general from a list of jurors who have voluntarily registered on the International du Gamay’s website.
For each category of wine the jury will be composed of at least 3 persons. Two-thirds of the total number of jurors shall be competent wine tasters.
‘Competent wine taster’ is defined as a professional in the wine-making sector (oenologists, cellar masters, wine merchants, producers, cellar managers) or distribution (brokers, wholesalers, sommeliers, restaurant owners, importers, retailers) or consumers who are members of wine clubs or have taken courses in wine-tasting.
If one or more members of the jury are absent on the day of the tasting, the commissioner general may designate substitute jurors.
International du Gamay organisers will ask jury members to submit a solemn declaration indicating any direct or indirect ties they may have with any companies, establishments, professional organisations or associations whose activities, products or interests may be related to wines presented in the competition.
The commissioner general has the right to disqualify any juror, if necessary, to avoid having a competitor judge his own wine or for any other reason without having to justify it.

ARTICLE 16: DISTINCTIONS
The Concours International du Gamay grants the following awards:
- Gold Medal
- Silver Medal
The number of awards must not surpass one-third of the number of samples presented. The number of distinctions given for a category must not surpass one-third of the number of wines registered.
Medals representing the distinctions obtained may be affixed to bottles. They shall be available for award-winning wines. The number of medals provided will correspond to the volume declared when the wine is registered for the competition.
Prior authorisation must be obtained before reproducing or representing the medal or logo, whether completely or partially.

ARTICLE 17: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Any reproduction or representation, either total or partial, of the medal, logo, name, or any part whatsoever of the website is strictly forbidden without prior written agreement. Reproduction of medals cannot be made without authorization, and the graphic representation cannot undergo any sort of modification, correction, or adaptation.
In every respect, and under all circumstances, the name, brand, and distinctive signs found on the site or any other medium developed and used by the International du Gamay are protected by copyright.

ARTICLE 18: CONTROLS
The Concours International du Gamay reserves the right to cancel any incomplete or erroneous registration and to eliminate any sample that does not conform to rules and regulations. It also reserves the right to have a certified wine analysis laboratory perform an analytical verification of award-winning samples and to take any subsequent steps it deems necessary. The Concours International du Gamay may take samples at sales points to verify that samples tasted correspond to bottles actually found for sale in stores or at the vineyard.

ARTICLE 19: USE OF THE « INTERNATIONAL DU GAMAY» BRAND NAME
Use of the “International du Gamay” brand name or the logo corresponding to the distinction awarded is subject to payment of a royalty or permit fee. Non-payment of fees shall nullify the concerned party’s right to use the brand name or logo. Any use of the brand name or logo outside the conditions defined in these rules and regulations, the graphics charter, or any other document to which it may refer, shall be considered fraudulent. In such a case, a 20% penalty shall be added to the fees (royalty or permit) levied for the entire lot under consideration.

ARTICLE 20: OBLIGATION OF PARTICIPANTS AND AVAILABILITY OF THE RULES & REGULATIONS
Participation in the Concours International du Gamay includes acceptance of these rules and regulations, which may be obtained upon request from the Concours International du Gamay, Parc Du Peloux, 331 chemin de la Croix de Fer, 69400 Limas, France.

ARTICLE 21: PENALTIES
A competition participant who has been found guilty of not respecting these rules and regulations shall be subject to the following: retraction of any awards received, exclusion from the competition, legal action instigated at the organisers’ request.

ARTICLE 23: APPLICABLE LAW - DISPUTES
These rules and regulations are subject to French law. The language of the rules and regulations is French.
In the case of any dispute or legal action taken against the Concours International du Gamay or the Armonia Company, Courts of Villefranche-sur-Saône (France) shall be the only competent authority regardless of the nationalities of the parties to the conflict.