What is Tastevinage?
It is a rigorous testing of wines from every corner of the Burgundy wine region with the purpose of selecting those that come up to the standard of their appellation and vintage. The selected wines are then awarded the official seal of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, allowing the consumer to identify those wines which, because of their integrity, personality and indisputable quality, have shown themselves worthy of this distinction.
Each year, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin organizes two Tastevinage sessions at the Château du Clos de Vougeot: the first in spring for red burgundies; the second in autumn for white burgundies and the Beaujolais crus. Burgundy’s sparkling wines are represented at both sessions.
The Tastevinage confirms the role of the Confrérie in championing the reputation and quality of Burgundy’s great wines.
The twin aims of the Tastevinage have been, and continue to be, to reward the producer for the quality of his wine, and to give the consumer a guaranteed assurance of enjoyment.
At the first Tastevinage on the 28th of June 1950, of 133 wines presented to the thirty winetasters for evaluation, 114 were selected to display the Tastevinage seal. In 2010, more than 1,500 wines were put to the test by some 250 tasters. The wines are presented anonymously and roughly a third of the lots submitted passed the selection test.
The wines selected carry the Tastevingage stamp on the label or the back label of the selected wines according to the producer’s preference, and each bottle is numbered.
More than 100 million bottles have displayed the Tastevinage label since its creation sixty years ago.