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Hachette

The French wine guide "Le Guide Hachette des Vins" appears in the publishing house "Hachette Livre" founded by Louis Christophe François Hachette (1800-1864) in 1826. It was first published in 1985. François Bachelot and Stéphane Rosa are jointly responsible as Direction de l'ouvrage (editor). In the 2013 edition with 1,399 pages, 10,000 wines from the various countries France. Luxembourg and the Switzerland described and evaluated. These were in the form of blind tastings of 900 experienced wine critics (Winemaker, dealer, sommeliers ) selected from 40,000 wines of all appellations by 6,500 producers. According to Hachette's philosophy, “the grades within an appellation have to be compared, since it is impossible to assess different appellations with the same scale” . The grading system is:

  • 0 = wine with wine faults; is eliminated
  • 1 = small wine; is eliminated
  • 2 = successful wine; is commended without a star
  • 3 = very successful wine; a star *
  • 4 = due to its structure remarkable wine; two stars **
  • 5 = extraordinary wine, exemplary for the appellation, three stars ***

With every wine there is information about the type of wine, Ausbauart. vintage. maturity and price:

  • Wine type (with symbol): red, white, rosé, white sparkling wine, red sparkling wine
  • Biowein (with symbol): white "B" in a green ball
  • Type of expansion (with symbol): in steel tanks, in wooden barrels
  • Vintage in red = ready to drink
  • Vintage in black = intended for cellaring
  • Vintage in black between two lines = ready to drink, but still storable
  • Vintage in a circle = top vintage
  • red background for price = good price / quality ratio

The very best wines are selected after a further tasting by a "Super Jury", they receive the title "Coup de Coeur" (meaning "heartbreaker"). You are in the leader by mapping the label characterized. In the Hachette 2013 this is 550 wines (5.5%). Since 2010, too Armagnac and cognacs, 2011 and 2012 (no longer in 2013) restaurants and wine bars were also rated. A small glossary is new for the 2013 edition. With every new edition there is information about the current techniques in the vineyard and cellar, as well as about the latest developments in the three countries. In the end there is an index of appellations, communities, wine producers and wines. Until 2003 there was also an edition in German, from 2004 only in French. The online format www.hachette-vins.com has been available since 2008. This also contains selected wines dating back to 2009, totaling around 45,000 wines by 2013.

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