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Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin

The French Confrérie vineuse from the Burgundy is probably the most famous Wine brotherhood of the world. It was founded in 1934 by Burgundian patriots in order to save their homeland from the then threatening economic decline or ruin by promoting the wines. At that time there were big sales problems for wine in Burgundy. The causes were poor harvests, the abstinence movement and the late consequences of the First World War. Many landowners, even from Grand cru locations, sold their vineyards. Two citizens of the village of Nuits-St-Georges in the area Cote d'Or Georges Faiveley and Camille Rodier founded this brotherhood at a banquet at Château du Clos de Vougeot. It was on the eve of the annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune.

Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin - coat of arms, emblem and Tastevin

Since the mid-1920s, Meursault the traditional Paulée de Meursault held a public lunch to celebrate the completion of the Vintage. Since then, there have been three events every year on the third weekend in November (Brotherhood Banquet, The auction and the Paulée), collectively known as "Les Trois Glorieuses" (the three glorious days). Furthermore, the traditional event is held annually in January Saint-Vincent Tournante organized, in which the new members are also ceremoniously accepted into the brotherhood. However, you cannot apply, but rather, among other things, well-known artists, high-ranking military officers, entrepreneurs and politicians are honored to become members.

The Brotherhood is located in the middle of the famous Grand Cru location Clos de Vougeot Château du Clos de Vougeot, which was founded by the Cistercians was built. In 1920 it was bought by the winemaker and mayor of Vosne-Romanée Étienne Camuzet (1867-1946), who made the premises available to the brotherhood. He then sold it in 1944 to the newly founded "Société civile des Amis du Château du Clos de Vougeot", which granted the Confrérie a 99-year license. The coat of arms shown at the top left is on a glass window of the Chateaux.

Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tatevin - Château Clos de Vougeot

Banquets are regularly held for 600 guests. Subsidiaries exist in many countries. Twice a year, 200 wine experts test the Burgundy wines proposed by the winegrowers for quality and appellation characteristics at a major event. At the tasting, the wines are checked for quality and appellations. The quality mark in the form of the Tastevin (Wine tasting bowl) goes to only about 60 percent of the submitted wines. They receive the honorary designation "Tasteviné" and a special, numbered bottle emblem (see picture in the middle above). They are also subjected to a laboratory analysis. For authenticity testing, one bottle is stored in the cellar of the wine brotherhood. See also under Wine events.

Coat of arms: Von Jebulon - Own work, public domain , link
Emblem: Chevaliers du Tastevin, CC0 , Link
Tastevin: By Ra Boe / Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 de , Link
Château: © Bénédecite MANIERE and Jean-Louis BERNUY

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