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The Ruinart Sommelier Challenge is a free competition with no purchase necessary, organised by MHCS, a limited liability company with capital of 433 193 789 Euros, having its registered office at 9 avenue de Champagne 51200 Epernay, registered under number 509 553 479 RCS Reims at its additional establishment Champagne Ruinart, located at 4 rue des Crayères 51100 Reims (hereinafter referred to as "Ruinart" or the "Organiser").

The Ruinart Sommelier Challenge is a competition with two selection stages: (1) selection of the participants and (2) selection of the winner from among the participants.

The aim of these regulations is to define the terms and conditions of the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge.


Entries for the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge (the "Competition") will be accepted from  28 February at 8.00 a.m. precisely (Berlin time) until 15 May 2020 at 8 p.m. precisely (Paris time).


The Competition is open to individuals over the age of 18 on the date of their entry. On the date of their entry and of their participation, participants must practice the profession of sommelier in Germany. Employees of the Organiser are not permitted to enter.

Entry and participation in the Competition implies full acceptance of the present regulations and the decisions of the Organiser, which are final and apply in full.

If the Competition cannot take place as planned for any reason, the Organiser reserves the right to delay, postpone, amend or cancel the Competition (in full or in part).

Only the Organiser has the right to decide whether or not an entry or participation is valid. All entries and participations that do not respect the conditions in the present regulations will not be considered.

The Organiser and/or the juries will not be required to disclose any information concerning participation or their decisions and choices outside of what is expressly provided for by these regulations.

The Organiser cannot be held responsible if the data relating to the entry of a participant does not reach them for any reason whatsoever, or arrives illegible, incomplete or impossible to process.


To enter, participants must complete the online questionnaire available on the Ruinart website.

Participants send their online application by completing all fields of the questionnaire.

Entries for the Competition outside the entry period will not be accepted or taken into account, as attested by the date on the Organiser's servers.

Participation in the Competition is limited to one entry per person.

All valid entries are definitive once the entry deadline has expired. Once this date has passed, therefore, participants may not withdraw or cancel their entry, unless there is a legitimate reason or case of force majeure.



A jury of 4 individuals will select a maximum of 30 (thirty) participants for the Competition.

Selection of the participants will be based on their answers to the questionnaire and the following criteria:

-              A professional sommelier

-              Correct answers to the closed-ended questions

-              The participant's motivation illustrated in their answers to the two open-ended questions

The jury will select those participants whose applications best meet these criteria.

Participants will be informed of their invitation to participate in the Competition by email by18 May 2020 at the latest.

Participants must confirm their participation in the Competition by email to , failing which their participation will be automatically cancelled.

Participants' travel and accommodation expenses may be covered by Ruinart (direct payment or reimbursement on presentation of receipts, to be decided by Ruinart) provided that a prior request is sent to Ruinart by email with an estimation of the expenses. Only expenses directly related to participation in the Competition will be covered by Ruinart.

Food expenses must be covered by the participants (with the exception of lunch on 25 May 2020.



The selection of the winner from the group of participants will take place on 25 May 2020. within the city limits of Paris on the occasion of the Competition.

On the day in question, the participants will take part in a technical seminar that will allow the jury to choose the winner following a written challenge based on the tasting of 4 wines.

The competition will take place anonymously.

2 of the 4 tastings must be analysed in English, which will be taken into account when choosing the winner.

The winner will be chosen according to the following criteria:

  • Correct answers to the blind tasting of the 4 wines (identification of wines, a highly detailed and rigorous technical descriptions of the wines, suggestions for food and wine pairings and correct service temperatures, etc.).


At the end of the competition, the jury will meet on the same day to choose the winner according to their analyses of the 4 wines and the scores, which will be kept secret and defined by the jury.

The winner will be informed on 25 May 2020



The winner will receive one session (from midday on Monday to midday on Thursday) of training in Champagne and Paris together with the other winners of the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge from other countries, in order to share experiences and work on a variety of subjects (geology, tasting sessions from different producers, sustainable development, etc.). This is intended to be general and not "Ruinart-centric".

The dates of the training session in Champagne will be communicated to the winner at a later date and should take place during the summer of 2020 (last week of June 2020 or first week of July 2020).

The training session will take place in English.

Travel (only within Metropolitan  Germany  and with the exclusion of motorway tolls and petrol costs), accommodation and food expenses that are strictly necessary for the winner's participation in the training session will be covered by the Organiser directly, subject to the following conditions:

Travel expenses:

  • Outward transport from the winner's home to Reims on Monday morning (or Sunday if strictly necessary)
  • Transport from Reims to Paris on Thursday morning
  • Return transport from Paris to the winner's home as of Thursday afternoon (Saturday at the latest).

Accommodation expenses will be covered subject to the following conditions:

  • Sunday evening in Paris or Reims only if necessary due to the location of the winner's home
  • Monday evening to Thursday morning in Reims
  • Thursday and Friday evening in Paris

Food expenses will be covered subject to the following conditions:

  • From Monday lunchtime to Thursday lunchtime inclusive



The prize may not be replaced or transferred unless authorised by the Organiser, who reserves the right to replace the prize with a prize of higher or equal value, or its equivalent in cash if the prize is not available. By participating in the Competition, participants agree to adhere to these regulations and to the decisions of the Organiser.

The Organiser is not responsible for any type of technical hardware or software malfunction, loss or unavailability of network connections, or failure, malfunction, inadequacies, inaccuracies, garbled transmission or delay in the transmission of electronic communications caused by the participant, any of the equipment used for the Competition or any human error that may arise in connection with the processing of Competition entries. The Organiser assumes no liability for damage to a computer system due to participation in the Competition, accessing of information or downloading of information in connection with the Competition. The Organiser is not responsible: (i) for any entries, replies or other correspondence that is late, lost, delayed, damaged, incomplete, illegible, misdirected or undeliverable, or for insufficient postage, whether the correspondence is sent by email, mail or any other means, (ii) for the theft, destruction, unauthorised access or modification of the entry documents.

The Organiser reserves the right to cancel the participation of any person who sabotages or attempts to sabotage the entry or verification procedure or the smooth running of the Competition, contravenes these regulations, acts unethically or seeks to disrupt the Competition proceedings. Any deliberate attempt to interfere with the legitimate Competition proceedings may constitute a violation of the law and, in the event of such an attempt, the Organiser reserves the right to claim damages in accordance with the law.

The non-application of any of the conditions of these regulations on the part of the Organiser is not deemed to constitute a waiver of these terms and conditions.

If the Competition cannot take place as planned for any reason, including due to a computer virus, bug, sabotage, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failure or for any other reason outside the Organiser's control and which perverts or affects the management, security, impartiality, integrity or smooth running of the Competition, the Organiser reserves the right to delay, postpone or cancel the Competition at any time.

These regulations may be modified at any time by the Organiser, in the form of an additional clause, in accordance with the conditions stated.

They can be sent by email free of charge to any participant who requests them from the Organiser before the closing date for the Competition.

Any postal charges incurred when requesting these regulations will be reimbursed if requested in writing, according to the regular "letter" rate in force. All reimbursement requests must be sent in writing at the latest one month after the closing date of the Competition, as attested by the date on the postmark. Reimbursements will be made by bank draft within 60 days of receipt of the request, following verification of the legitimacy of the request. All reimbursement requests must be accompanied by the participant's surname, first name(s), address and the title of the Competition.


By participating in the Competition, participants agree that the Organiser, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, and all their respective shareholders, directors, administrators, employees and beneficiaries, members, representatives and agents incur no liability and are released from any liability by the participants in case of personal injury, loss or damage of any kind suffered by an individual (including death) or to his/her property, arising wholly or partially and directly or indirectly from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, if applicable, or participation in the Competition referred to herein, or any competition or associated activity, subject to French public policy provisions.  

By taking part in the Competition, participants declare and guarantee that they have read these regulations, are perfectly informed of their content and accept them in their entirety.



By taking part in the Competition, participants authorise the Organiser and its service providers, free of charge, to capture, fix, reproduce and use their image and their full name as well as all information communicated to the Organiser as part of their entry to the Competition, for all communications (both internal and public) for promotional and retrospective purposes in connection with the Competition, for a period of ten (10) years from the start of the Competition and in any medium.
Images can be taken during the competition day but also during the training session in Champagne.



1. Data processed, grounds and purposes of processing

As part of your participation in the Competition, the Organiser will be required to collect and process personal data about you (hereinafter, your "Data"). 

The main Data collected is: your first name, surname, email address, postal address, telephone number, date of birth, photograph, image, profession, and connection logs. 

Your Data is collected in order to:

  • manage your participation in the Competition and, if applicable, manage the allocation of the prize (based on the performance of a contract via your acceptance of these regulations);
  • promote the Competition and the Organiser (based on the Organiser’s legitimate interests);
  • send you updates, newsletters and special offers from the Organiser (based on your consent).


Essential Data required by the Organiser for your entry in the Competition is indicated by an asterisk on the entry form. If you do not complete the obligatory fields, you cannot enter the Competition. Other information is optional and allows us to learn more about you and your career. 

2. Data recipients

Your Data is processed by the Organiser’s Marketing and Communication Departments. It will not be handed over or made available to any third party with the exception of (i) any subcontractors of the Organiser in particular for the purpose of organisation and management of the Competition or for the purpose of sending updates, newsletters and special offers and (ii) any restructuring of the Organiser, including total or partial disposal of assets, merger, absorption, acquisition, division and more generally any reorganisation operation. 

The Organiser may be required to communicate your Data to third parties when such communication is required by law, a regulatory provision or a judicial decision, or if such communication is necessary to ensure the protection and defence of its rights.

Finally, the Organiser may transfer your personal data to some of its affiliates located outside the European Economic Area, and these transfers are covered by appropriate safeguards such as adequacy decisions available on the European Commission website.

3. Your rights

In accordance with the regulations in force, you have the right to access and rectify your Data, as well as to request its deletion, oppose its processing and obtain its restriction or portability as far as applicable. 

These rights may be exercised by contacting the Organiser directly: 1) for the right to rectification, by[MD1] [MV2]  mail at MHCS Champagne Ruinart – Ruinart Sommelier Challenge – 4 rue des Crayères – 51100 Reims, 2) for any other right, by email at or by mail at Data Protection Officer – 43 avenue de la Grande Armée – 75116 Paris. You may be required to provide proof of identity. 

 If you consent to receive updates, newsletters and special offers from the Organiser, you can withdraw your consent at any time by using the dedicated hyperlink in any email that will be sent to you, or by following the same steps described above for the exercise of your other rights.

4. How long your Data will be retained for

Any Data concerning you that is collected and processed by the Organiser for the purposes of managing your participation in the Competition and promoting the Competition and the Organiser will be retained for two years following its collection. It will then be destroyed, subject, where applicable, to the paragraph relating to the transfer of your image rights and unless the participants have asked the Organiser to re-contact them by email for the 2021 edition of the Competition.

The connection logs that are processed following your consent and in relation to cookies and other tracking technology implemented on our website are retained for no longer than thirteen (13) months in accordance with the applicable regulation.

If you consent to receive updates, newsletters and special offers from the Organiser, your Data will be retained for three (3) years following its collection or your last interaction with the Organiser.

For more information on the processing of your Data when you consent to receiving updates, newsletters and special offers from the Organiser, you may check our Privacy & Cookies Notice.

5. Data protection officer (DPO) contact information and the right to lodge a complaint

Should you have any questions regarding the collection and processing of your Data by the Organiser, you can contact the Organiser's data protection officer by email at the following address:


Updated: December 2019