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Hachette

The French wine guide "The Guide Hachette des Vins" appears in the published by Louis Christophe François Hachette (1800-1864) in 1826 publisher "Hachette Livre". He first appeared in 1985. François Bachelot and Stéphane Rosa are jointly responsible as Direction de l'ouvrage (publisher). In the 2013 edition with 1,399 pages will be 10,000 wines from the countries France. Luxembourg and the Switzerland described and evaluated. These were in the form of blind tastings experienced by 900 wine critics (Winegrower, dealer, sommeliers ) selected from 40,000 wines of all appellations from 6,500 producers. According to Hachette's philosophy, "the notes within an appellation must be compared because it is impossible to judge different appellations with the same scale" . The grading system is:

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

For every wine there is information about wine, Ausbauart. vintage. maturity and price:

  • Type of wine (with symbol): red, white, rosé, white sparkling wine, red sparkling wine
  • Biowein (with symbol): white "B" in green ball
  • Removal method (with symbol): in a steel tank, in a wooden barrel
  • Vintage in red = ready to drink
  • Vintage in black = for a cellar
  • Vintage in black between two strokes = ready to drink, but still storable
  • Year in circle = top vintage
  • red background at price = good price / quality ratio

The best wines are selected after further tasting by a "super jury", they get the title "Coup de Coeur" (meaning "heartbreaker"). You are in the guide by picture of the label characterized. In Hachette 2013, that's 550 wines (5.5%). Since 2010, too Armagnac and cognacs, 2011 and 2012 (2013 no longer) were also rated restaurants and wine bars. New to the 2013 edition is a little glossary. Each new issue will provide information on the current techniques in the vineyard and cellar, as well as on the latest developments in the three countries. In the end, an index on appellations, communities, wine producers and wines is included. Until 2003 there was also an edition in German language, from 2004 only in French. Since 2008, there is the online format www.hachette-vins.com. This includes selected wines back to 2009, a total of about 45,000 wines by 2013.

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