The Saint-Vincent is a regional celebration that was created by the Confrérie des chevaliers du tastevin in 1938* and the poster (right) for the 2017 event has been released this week. It is a meeting of all the grower syndicates of Burgundy in one village each year, and their associated (about 80) small statues of Saint-Vincent are paraded through the streets, before the eating and drinking commences.
Mercurey 2017 has taken the baton from Irancy 2016 – and hopefully they will have booked nicer weather than was the case in Irancy!
I note that it is not just Mercurey that is the home of the 2017 Saint-Vincent, but also Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu (though usually Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu is mentioned in brackets!) This will be third edition of the Saint-Vincent in Mercurey, the others being 1962 (a great vintage 🙂 ) and 1985.
The organiser’s website is up and running, though without much info so far. They are targeting between 50 and 100,000 visitors over the weekend – 30-40,000 has been nearer the mark in recent years – but that’s still a lot of frites, and presumably some wine too.
*List of towns since 1938.