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Other Creations

Throughout its existence, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin has innovated events that have become an integral part of the regional customs.

Les Trois Glorieuses


The idea of the Trois Glorieuses came into being at the same time as the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. This event takes place every year on the third weekend of November from Saturday to Monday. On Saturday evening, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin holds a Chapitre, On Sunday afternoon, wines are auctioned at the Hospices de Beaune, On Monday afternoon, there is the "Paulée de Meursault" and the award of its literary prize. A Mâconnais and one of the founding fathers, Georges Rozet, thought up this wonderful idea in 1933: a day given to wine from the Côte de Nuits, one day before the wine auction at the Hospices de Beaune (which dates from 1859) and two days before "la Paulée de Meursault" (started in 1932 by Count Lafon). So for the first time, in 1934, there was a historic "agreement" between Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. The wine auction at the Hospices de Beaune is not a precise measure of where the wine business in Burgundy is up to, but it does enable one to have some idea of the market.

The Tastevin prize

As soon as the war was over, the Confrérie inaugurated its "gazette" under the evocative title "Tasting-cup in hand". This was a means of reaching all the members of the Order who were scattered abroad and keeping them in touch with the Confrérie's actions and its projects. Two years later it inaugurated a "Chamber of Art and Letters" which, among other functions, awarded a Grand Literary Prize and published works concerning the vineyards and wines. This Prize has now been extended and become the "Prix du Tastevin", enabling the Confrérie to reward all forms of art or action honouring Burgundy.

Cultural and human patronage

None of this has prevented the Confrérie, which normally wears a smiling face, from being aware of the world's woes: every year it gives the cash equivalent of the first service of wine at its Chapitres to a humanitarian organization.
The Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin also sponsors concerts, research grants, moral and financial aid, fostering creation in a variety of ways. And finally the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin publishes books celebrating Burgundy and its wine.

Le Tastevinage


In its natural desire to help improve the quality of wine, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin instituted "Tastevinage". Every year, since 1950, Tastevinage has been organised at the Château du Clos de Vougeot.
Tastevinage is not a competition but a test based on trust: Its principle is the selection from the samples presented, of those which perfectly express the truth of Appellation and vintage - wines that people would be glad to offer their friends. Wines for laying down of course.

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