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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 to save their homeland by promoting the wines from the then threatened economic decline or ruin. At that time, there were big sales problems in Burgundy for the wine. Causes were crop failure, the abstinence movement and the aftermath of the First World War. Many landowners, even from Grand Cru, sold their vineyards. Two citizens of the place Nuits-St-Georges in the area Côte d'Or Georges Faiveley and Camille Rodier, founded this fraternity at a banquet on Château du Clos de Vougeot. It was on the eve of the annual wine auction held for centuries Hospices de Beaune,

Since the mid-1920s takes place in the well-known Weinbaugeneinde Meursault the traditional one Paulée de Meursault instead, a public luncheon to celebrate the cessation of the vintage, Since then, every year on the third weekend of November, there are three events (Banquet of the Brotherhood, the auction and Paulée), collectively referred to as "Les Trois Glorieuses" (The Three Glory Days). Furthermore, every year in January, the traditional event Saint-Vincent Tournante organized, in which the new members are solemnly included in the Brotherhood. But you can not apply, but among other notable artists, high-ranking military officials, entrepreneurs and politicians are invited to membership honorably.

The Brotherhood's headquarters are in the midst of the famed Grand Cru location Clos de Vougeot Château du Clos de Vougeot, which dates back to the 16th century Cistercians was built. In 1920 it was bought by the winegrower and mayor of Vosne-Romanée Étienne Camuzet (1867-1946), who provided the premises of 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-old right of use.

Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tatevin - Château Clos de Vougeot

There are regular banquets for 600 guests. Many countries have branch companies. Twice a year at a major event, 200 wine experts test the Burgundy wines proposed by the winemakers for quality and appellation typology. These check the wines for quality and appellation typical. The quality mark in the form of the Tastevin (Wine tasting dish) goes to only about 60 percent of the submitted wines. These receive the honorary mention "Tasteviné" and a special, numbered bottle label. They are additionally subjected to a laboratory analysis. For authenticity, a bottle is stored in the cellar of the wine brotherhood. See also below wine Events,

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