188 tastevinage wines for you…


tastevinThe Spring tasting of the Tastevinage was done in the Clos de Vougeot last week.

For those of you with an interest, here is a list of the 188 wines chosen, from the 565 which were presented, that are now allowed to wear the tastevinage label. Lots of great 2014s from the Mâconnais and Chablis, even Cremant included…

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 5 responses to “188 tastevinage wines for you…”

  1. jonwyand23rd March 2016 at 10:28 amPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill, hope you have a good week. I only ever tasted one Tastevinage wine, a Bourgogne rouge bought by a Belgian tourist and shared over a table d’hôte in Ampuis. It was vinegar, sold beyond its non-existent sell by date to someone who did not know enough. A dreadful advertisement for tastevinage sold by a producer who should have known it was too old.
    Its a great thing for the small growers, to encourage them to improve quality and help sales but surely large producers selling “out of date” Bourgogne is not helping. That price level must be bought a lot by less well informed tourists who take it home, share it and give Burgundy a bad name.

    • billn23rd March 2016 at 10:38 amPermalinkReply

      I’m not quite sure what you’re saying here Jon.
      The wines are judged good enough or not – almost two-thirds not – and that judgement, of multiple winemaker tasters, reflects the time of judging – like any wine, what happens to it afterwards cannot be accounted for. I’ve had some dodgy wines with the label, but old ones with no history, likewise old ones with no history have provided fabulous experiences – Pommard Epenots 55 for instance. Any wine, Tastevinage or DRC with no history can be vinegar…

  2. Michael Beltran23rd March 2016 at 3:35 pmPermalinkReply

    Appears that the number of growers of renown are not present. I have not seen any Mercury Blanc in years, where does the juice go? Had a Macon or two which were really good but do not see the Tastevin label at all in recent years. The judges only approve what is in front of them. The label in my opinion has lost a lot of its former glamour. Chablis made a nice showing in my opinion.

  3. jonwyand24th March 2016 at 12:13 pmPermalinkReply

    Bill, I’m saying how long can a producer go on selling a Bourgogne rouge ? He knows each vintages potential, although no doubt producers are still learning. I had 2 villages ’76s during the 13 harvest, both wonderful. We get advice on average drinking windows for GC down to regional level, for appellations, for different producers and different vintages but I’m worried for the tourist buyer who comes to Burgundy, perhaps for the first time, is buying on price and understands none of these variables. They will be guided by a tastevinage sticker but once the grower has it do they care what they are selling to the uneducated beginner ? I think a tastevinage sticker if awarded as a badge of quality could be given a shelf life by the experts who award it. Even if its only for the regional level.
    No doubt its too much work but should they really selling wine on a “buyer beware” basis to the inexperienced…?

  4. Tom Blach24th March 2016 at 3:58 pmPermalinkReply

    Not Bill, but Bourgogne can last as long as any other wine though it”s unlikely ever to become really exciting(I can think of a few exceptions).It sounds to me as though you simply had a bad bottle, which is always more than possible, sadly.
    I rather have the feeling that the Tastevinage label is more of a sign of quality than it was thirty years ago, say, though I’ve had some surprisingly grand(or what would nowadays be considered so) wines with the label.

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