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tastevinage – version 100


The images for this post were stolen from the website of www.tastevinage.fr.

Next week I’ll be attending the 100th edition of Tastevinage tasting in the Château du Clos de Vougeot – as a little background, here’s what I previously learned and wrote about the Tastevinage tastings.

The twice-yearly tastings have been organized since 1950, but for the 100th edition, the organisers are trying add a little extra interest for the millennial generation.

The underlying question “Would you recommend this burgundy to a friend?” remains unchanged, but there is a more ‘modern’ approach to the labeling, and instead of the usual Coups de Coeurs – i.e. the wines liked unanimously by the table of tasters – will henceforth become, more internationally, the Majors – “And their should be not much more than 25 per session” notes Arnaud Orsel of the organising committee.

So, on the face of it, just a little tinkering – as the concept seems to work well in practice. The most interesting ‘change’ will be novel new tasting glasses – apparently specially designed for the tasting of burgundy wines – specially to cover both the reds, whites and crémants that are part of this tasting. You will even be able to buy the glasses at the shop in the Château du Clos de Vougeot – I’ll report back on what I think of them.

And, perhaps, in a nod to the general market aspirations of Burgundy, Jeannie Cho Lee will be the president of the day for this tasting number 100.

One response to “tastevinage – version 100”

  1. jonwyand

    My only experience of a Tastevinage bottle was a Bourgogne Rouge bought by a Belgian tourist couple a couple of days earlier from a domaine in Pommard and shared at a table d’hôte in Ampuis.
    Looking at the label I was concerned at its age (sorry can’t remember ) and it tasted like vinegar.

    I wondered then if that level of wine that wins a tastevinage label ought to have a sell by date on it.
    The buyers were new to Burgundy and knew nothing but relied on the Tastevinage logo
    The domaine obviously were not concerned at selling it, but it certainly damaged the reputation of Burgundy, the grower ( who deserved it !) and the Tastevinage name.
    Sadly no one I told the story to at Close Vougeot seemed concerned….
    On the other hand when it comes to shooting vineyard owners ( who have vines there) at Clos Vougeot I cannot cross the threshold !
    Hospices de Beaune much more cooperative.

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