Guide Hachette des Vins

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The Guide Hachette des Vins is a French wine buying guide published by Hachette Livre (Hachette Pratique). Its first edition was released in 1985.[1] It is France's best-selling wine guide and one of France's oldest.[2] The Guide Hachette des Vins is considered to be France' most authoritative guide and commonly referred to as the bible of the French wine industry.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Blind tasting panels[edit]

The Guide Hachette uses blind tasting panels to evaluate wines by appellation.[1] Each year 40,000 wines are tasted blind and rated by experts.[1][7]

No fee is required to submit samples.[9] Only the most recently bottled vintage is allowed to be submitted for blind tasting.[1]

Wine tastings are organized locally in each region between January and May.[1] Blind tasting sessions composed of a panel wine professionals (enologists, wine merchants, wine brokers, sommeliers) are organized with the Syndicat Viticole or Winegrower's Syndicate of each appellation present in the guide.[1]

Rating system[edit]

Each wine is rated on a scale of 0 to 5.[7][9]

Taster's grade Wine Quality Final Wine Rating
0 Faulty wine Eliminated
1 Poor or mediocre Eliminated
2 Good Commended (no stars)
3 Excellent *
4 Remarkable **
5 Exceptional ***

The top rated wines are subject to a second round of blind tasting.[7] After the second tasting, the panel votes on one or two wines to receive Coup de Coeur [Judges' Favorite].[7] The Coup de Coeur is considered to be the highest recommendation.[6][10][11][12][13]

Regions covered[edit]

The 2016 edition covers:


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  2. ^ "Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2016 vient de paraître !". Hachette Vins (in French). Hachette Livre. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  3. ^ "This Week's Tasting The 'Little' Champagne that Ranked with the Best". Federal Wine & Spirits. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
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  5. ^ "Face value: After the musketeer". The Economist. 20 March 2003. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
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  10. ^ isa (1 December 2014). "Coup de Coeur Guide Hachette des vins 2015 !!". Domaine de Maouries (in French). Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  11. ^ "CRU CLISSON 2010 : coup de coeur au GUIDE HACHETTE 2015". Domaine de l'Epinay (in French). Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Grand Ardèche blanc - Prix "Coup de Coeur" du Guide Hachette des Vins 2010". Thiébaud. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  13. ^ "COUP DE COEUR POUR LE GUIDE HACHETTE". Cave de Bonnieux. Retrieved 21 September 2015.