Saint-Émilion gets the ball rolling for the 2022 classification

Monday January 20 2020 by Vitisphere

The press was not invited to this internal briefing at the Salle des Dominicains, where nearly 200 people are reported to have attended.The press was not invited to this internal briefing at the Salle des Dominicains, where nearly 200 people are reported to have attended. - Photo credit : Conseil des Vins de Saint-Emilion (archive d'une AG de mai 2017)

Now that the provisional calendar has been set, the race against the clock has kicked off for the Bordeaux right bank growths. On 14 January, a briefing with members of the Saint-Emilion Wine Council opened discussions that should lead to the next ten-year classification of Saint-Emilion wines before the 2022 harvest. Put forward by the National Institute for Quality and Origin (INAO), the first proposal for new classification regulations is due to be examined by the Council’s board of directors on January 28. This is so that the next national wine AOC committee can examine it on February 6 in Paris, then a decree approving the classification regulations can be issued in March, public tenders for tastings and inspections can be opened in April, and the classification panel can be appointed in June...

Weighting the tastings

The draft INAO Regulation for 2022 would introduce some legal clarifications and changes akin to improvements in response to criticisms made since then. The significance of tasting for the scores ascribed to the first growths would thereby increase from 30% to 50% of the assessment (with 35% for notoriety factors, 10% for characterisation of the terroir and 5% for winemaking techniques), while the lowest tasting score would now be neutralised (in calculations of the average tasting score). Although this is not indicated in the draft decree, the future procedure should also provide the scoring grid to applicants ahead of the classification and give them more time.

 

 

 

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