Brno, Friday 4 September 2020
The first tasting session of the 27th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles began today in unprecedented conditions. For the first time in the competition’s history, the tasting sessions are being held at the start of September. The 250 judges complied with current health rules as the tastings got underway in Brno, in the heart of South Moravia.
Despite these unique conditions, the 55 panels will each assess up to 50 wines a day. Entries are divided into consistent flights, taking into account criteria such as origin, grape variety, alcohol content, residual sugar levels and pricing. 8,500 wines from 46 producer countries are taking part in the competition this year. The host country has entered nearly 370 wines (3 times more than in 2019), pushing it up to fifth place for entries, behind only France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
Czech wines – the European wine industry’s well-guarded gems
The Czech Republic is primarily renowned for its beers and many people are unaware of the fact that wine actually pre-dates the country itself. Winegrowing in South Moravia in fact dates back to the Roman Empire. The city of Brno, which is hosting the 27th CMB competition, is located in the wine region of Moravia, home to 96% of Czech vineyards. Despite its size and relatively small area under vine (17,421 ha), the Czech Republic grows over 50 vine varieties, and 69% of vineyards are planted to white grapes. New vines grown locally include Moravian Muscat, Pálava and André. Pavel Krška, director of the National Wine Centre in the Czech Republic recounts further: “The quality of Moravian and Bohemian wines deserves to be showcased, not just at home but also worldwide. We are very pleased to welcome judges as part of this internationally renowned competition and to promote Czech winegrowing and the Republic as a whole”.
Compliance with safety precautions
To ensure the competition runs smoothly, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles organisers have introduced strict safety precautions. Despite the event’s core values, judges this year come exclusively from European countries. Protective masks and hand sanitizers are available. Explanatory signs remind participants of the useful safety precautions and essential social distancing requirements. Wearing a mask is also required in public areas and whilst travelling from one place to another.
The tasting sessions follow the same strict Concours Mondial de Bruxelles procedures that are customarily applied. Each judge has an individual table and a work space that ensures social distancing rules are meticulously complied with. A team of professionals wearing gloves and masks is tasked with serving the wines to the highest standards. Any movement around the tasting hall will be organised, strictly limited and masks will be mandatory. Lastly, there will be medical supervision at all times and available to all.
Pictures from the Opening Ceremony
About the competition :
The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is an international competition where over 8,000 wines are entered by producers and judged by a panel of experts. Our seasoned judges taste competing wines with a single-minded objective and that is to select wines of irreproachable quality, irrespective of their label or the prestige of their appellation. The Concours is one of the most important international events of its kind.
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