LYON International Competition
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23 March 2019 / Cité Internationale / Lyon / France

Rules & regulations

Only medals from wine competitions on the DGCCRF’s list can be shown on wine labels. The Lyon International Competition is on this list.

Extract - Rules and Regulations of the Concours International de Lyon

The complete Rules and Regulations document is available on request at Concours International de Lyon, Parc Du Peloux, 331 chemin de la Croix de Fer, 69400 Limas, France. It is only available in French.

The Concours International de Lyon, hereafter called the CIDL (Concours International de Lyon), is organised by Armonia, located at Parc Du Peloux, 331 chemin de la Croix de Fer, 69400 Limas, France. The competition is open to all products in the world. Each product must be in conformity with regulations in force in its country of origin. The goal of the CIDL is to showcase high-quality products.

WINE COMPETITION: 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.
BEER COMPETITION: are allowed to register all drinks in the world being marketed under the designation "Beer".
SPIRITS COMPETITION: are allowed to register all spirits, brandies and liqueurs in the world.

The following professionals may participate: winemakers, cooperatives, associated cooperatives, groups of producers, producers, merchants, importers, brewers, commercial agents, distillers, manufacturers.

The wine sample presented to the CIDL 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.
Each sample submitted must fulfil the following conditions:
- come from a homogenous lot.
- have a sales label. Sales labels should conform to EU regulations for countries that are members of the European Union, to regulations in force in the country where the product was made, and to importing regulations for third countries.

Samples should arrive at the CIDL ‘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 CIDL.
Each sample submitted to the CIDL 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 CIDL, 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.
The number of samples requested depends on the product category; it can be found on the website.

The participant must provide the information required to open an account. He or she must also complete a registration form, for each product submitted. This may be done by post or online.
Registration by post: The completed participant form should be sent to the following address: Concours International de Lyon - Parc Du Peloux, 331 chemin de la Croix de Fer, 69400 Limas, France. Forms are available on the CIDL’s website (, hereafter known as the “site”, or upon request.
Online registration:
a) The participant must open an account on the site. He or she will then have a personal account that can be used to present products. There is no charge for opening an account.
b) A form must be completed on the site for each product submitted. This form is available on the site from the participant’s personal account.

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

The following documents must be sent to the address given above in order to register for the CIDL:
- an analysis report less than one year old (see article 8) for each wine.
- 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.

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 CIDL 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.

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: 44.40€ including VAT for each sample presented (ex VAT 37.00€).
- For France payment can be made with a personal cheque to the order of Armonia - Concours International de Lyon, 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 product 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 de Lyon.
If registration fees for a sample have not been paid, the product will not be allowed to take part in the competition.
The CIDL 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 product 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.

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

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 CIDL’s website.
For each category of products the jury will be composed of at least 3 persons. Two-thirds of the total number of jurors shall be competent product tasters.
‘Competent product taster’ is defined as a professional (oenologists, cellar masters, merchants, producers, cellar managers, brewers, distillers) or distribution (brokers, wholesalers, sommeliers, restaurant owners, importers, retailers) or consumers who are members of tasting clubs or have taken courses in tasting.
If one or more members of the jury are absent on the day of the tasting, the commissioner general may designate substitute jurors.
Jurors’ names are confidential. Their personal data is not communicated to any third parties.
CIDL 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 samples presented in the competition.
The commissioner general has the right to disqualify any juror, if necessary, to avoid having a competitor judge his own product or for any other reason without having to justify it.

The Concours International de Lyon 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 products registered.
Participants will be informed of results by letter if and only if their products were selected for an award. This letter will be the official document for the competition. As such, it will indicate the name of the competition, type of distinction awarded, identity of the product, category in which it was judged and volume declared (for wines only), along with the name and address of the holder.
Prior authorisation must be obtained before reproducing or representing the medal or logo, whether completely or partially.
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.
Medals representing the distinctions obtained may be affixed to bottles. They shall be available for award-winning products. Medals can be affixed to products during 2 years from the date the results are announced.

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 CIDL are protected by copyright.

The CIDL 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 analysis laboratory perform an analytical verification of award-winning samples and to take any subsequent steps it deems necessary. The CIDL may take samples at sales points to verify that samples tasted correspond to bottles actually found for sale in stores or at the property.
CIDL organisers shall set up an internal control system to guarantee that these rules and regulations are applied. The system shall be placed under the responsibility of the commissioner general. The commissioner general shall verify, in particular, that the following are respected: conformity of registration documents, anonymity of samples during tasting, selection of jurors according to criteria set out in article 14, attribution of distinctions in conformity with article 16.

Use of the “Concours International de Lyon” brand name or the logo corresponding to the distinction awarded is subject to payment of a royalty or permit fee. The medal may be printed on labels only by Competition-certified printers. 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.

Participation in the CIDL includes acceptance of these rules and regulations, which may be obtained upon request from the Concours International de Lyon, Parc Du Peloux, 331 chemin de la Croix de Fer, 69400 Limas, France.

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.

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 de Lyon or the Armonia company, Courts of Lyon (France) shall be the only competent authority regardless of the nationalities of the parties to the conflict.