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112th edition of Tastevinage – Burgundy Tasting Cup

16.09.2023, News Автор: Oleksandra Hryhorieva

On 8 September, a traditional meeting for Tastevinage, Burgundy wine selection label, took place in the iconic Château du Clos de Vougeot. Oleksandra Hryhorieva, Drinks+ correspondent living in Burgundy, joined the jury of the 112th edition.

The beginning of autumn has its own charm: green starts turning red and yellow, the weather switches between fresh mornings, sunny days, and an occasional downpour. Taking the famous Route des Grands Crus, you get surrounded by vineyards of the Côte d’Or, which will soon become a true golden coast inheriting beautiful autumn colours. The harvest period has already started in Burgundy. Now, we can see cars and trucks parked along the roadside, workers cutting bunches of grapes and transporting them in small batches. Truly charming season!


On one of such sunny autumn days, 8 September, 118 wine professionals – sommeliers, winemakers, wine traders and merchants, négociants, wine marketers and journalists – gathered together in the Château du Clos de Vougeot to taste 400 Burgundy wines that applied for Tastevinage. William Wouters, President of l’Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), joined the 112th edition as a guest of honour.


2 main grape varieties (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), different appellations, different climats and vintages create this complexity and mosaic of Burgundy terroirs. Tastevinage, organised by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin since 1950, aims, first of all, to assure the wine quality keeping the bar high as only the wines rated 13 out of 20 and higher got qualified. Consequently, this rewards the producer for their wine quality that they have developed through long work and high competence. Secondly, the task is to promote great examples of Burgundy wine and the region as a whole, at the same time bringing Burgundy wine closer to consumers. It is not rare that you can find a bottle of crémant de Bourgogne, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay with the Tastevinage label in the supermarket, wineshop or directly at the domaine. So, it becomes the label of both quality and trust creating a link between producer and consumer for the greatest satisfaction of everyone.


At my table, the blind tasting menu consisted of 2 crémant de Bourgogne, 2 Bourgogne white 2022, Côte de Nuits-Villages white 2022, Marsannay white 2021, Marsannay white 2019, Bourgogne Côte d’Or red 2020, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru red 2022, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru red 2019 and Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru red 2013. During the evaluation, the jury must take into account the actual qualities of the wine, its possible evolution, and whether the wine represents well its vintage and appellation. Another interesting point to keep in mind is whether I would be particularly proud to offer this bottle of wine to my friend.


If I could single out a couple of wines that I tasted, it would be Bourgogne Côte d’Or red 2020 and Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru red 2022.

Bourgogne Côte d’Or, red 2020

Colour: cherry red with the red ruby reflection. Intense nose with the notes of cherries, blackcurrant, blackberry, and spices. Delicate mouth with fine tannins, enveloping palate notes of raspberry, cherry, and black pepper. Fresh and light finish.

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, red 2022

Young, full-bodied, and powerful, with a great potential for ageing. Colour: twilight purple with cherry red reflection. Nose gives beautiful aromas of rose and licorice, cherry, and blackcurrant. Vigorous mouth with notes of cherry, black- and redcurrant, hints of black pepper, with quite a long finish.

After all, there are a lot of great bottles to offer: 132 wines, 33% of the total wines featured, were selected at this fall edition of Tastevinage. 46 regional appellations, 50 villages appellations, 36 premier cru and grand cru appellations convinced the palate of professional tasters. The full list of laureates can be found on the official website here.

Фото: tastevinage.fr