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In 1963, the Vaudois Winegrowers' Association set an awarding regulation for the best wines of the canton Vaud ( Switzerland ) created. Only wines that meet the AOC requirements are allowed. But a flawless plant does not automatically receive the award, because the assessment or award criteria are still far beyond. The wines will be blindverkostet and according to strict specifications with 25 criteria exclusively sensory (not chemically) analyzed. These are divided into the three main groups Vue (appearance) with 1, smell (Nez = nose) with 10 and Bouche (mouth = taste) with 15 criteria. For each criterion the score 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 can be awarded. Special attention will be paid to character and typicality from origin (Appellation) or terroir and vine, as aging potential placed.

The tastings are done by a college oenologists and other experts with strict conditions. The decisions of the jury will be based on a precise tasting sheet like. The tasters never get to see the bottle, not even veiled. You will only find grape variety and appellation. The assessment is made by secret ballot and will only be discussed once the bulletins have been submitted. The jury consists of five tasters, which are alternately selected from 35 experts. In order to prevent the routine and to guarantee the greatest possible impartiality, it is always put together differently. Since Terravin was founded, this concept has been steadily improved. For the degustators, a course on sensory analysis is conducted every year. The Terravin office works closely with the technical school Changins together to be the cause of just occurring more frequently in Chasselas wines reduction flavors to explore.

Originally, only white wines were from the variety Chasselas but in the meantime the competition has been open to red wines and other specialties since 1998. Among other things, the intensity of the color, the aromas, the minerality, the freshness, the complexity, the volume and the length of the waste stream rated. Ultimately, less than five percent of the Vaud wine production with the "Lauriers d'Or Terravin" (dt Golden Laurel of Terravin) awarded. This is usually half of the 180 wines presented each year. One more step above are the "Best of the Best" - these are the "Lauriers de Platine Terravin". These are the 16 best "Lauriers d'Or Terravin" of the year. The tasting is completely different. She is one hedonistic, very subjective tasting by 30 oenologists. sommeliers and specialist journalists. Currently only Chasselas wines can participate in it, but an opening for the other wines is in consideration (as of 2013).

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