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The 107th edition of the Tastevinage took place at the Château du Clos de Vougeot last Friday the 19th of March 2021
The 107th edition of the Tastevinage* took place at the Château du Clos de Vougeot last Friday the 19th of March 2021. In total, 108 tasters, including winegrowers, traders, restaurateurs, sommeliers, representatives of cooperative cellars, presidents of winegrowers’ unions, wine industry partners, and journalists, selected from among the elite gathered in the Great Cellar of the Château du Clos de Vougeot for this important blind tasting.
The wines being examined ranged from the Chablis to the Mâconnais, from Régionale appellations to Grand Crus, with both still wines and sparkling Crémant de Bourgognes. This selection is a rigorous one and the percentage of winnning wines attests to the severity of the challenge.
Of all the wines tasted, just 201 were awarded the Tastevinage label. They included 107 reds, 70 whites, and 24 Crémant de Bourgogne wines (white or rosé). Together, they accounted for around 30% of all wines tasted.
In all, 60 Regional appellations, 81 Village appellations, 60 Premier and Grand Crus appellations received recognition. This result illustrates and highlights the defining purpose of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin: to promote the quality and reputation of Bourgogne’s great wines, whatever the level of their appellation, beyond the region’s frontiers.
Following the success of its first online winetasting on the 22nd of January last, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin is organizing a second digital masterclass during which 200 of the Confrérie’s American members will have the opportunity to discover eleven 2020 Tastevinage majors in miniature format.
Each participant in possession of a majors degustation presentation box will be able to link up to an online platform and follow the winetasting in real time, with expert commentary by the eleven laureates as well as the Confrérie’s Grand Maître Vincent Barbier and his Intendant Général Arnaud Orsel. While the first majors online presentation was a strictly local and national affair with an audience of exclusively French journalists, influencers and Bourgogne wines fanatics, the next digital degustation will give the 2020 Tastevinage majors the opportunity to promote their wines on the international stage.
*Created in 1950 by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, the TASTEVINAGE awards its seal of approval to those wines it judges to be truly representative of the greater Bourgogne wine region. To ensure impartiality, wines undergo a blind tasting during which they are subjected to rigorous critical appraisal by a jury of experts drawn from the wine industry, including growers, merchants, brokers, sommeliers, oenologists, distributors and wine writers. At the end of the selection process, the TASTEVINAGE seal of approval is awarded to those wines which truly epitomize the character of the appellation and the vintage, giving the consumer a guarantee of authenticity and enjoyment.