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Hachette

The French wine guide "Le Guide Hachette des Vins" is published by "Hachette Livre", a publishing house founded by Louis Christophe François Hachette (1800-1864) in 1826. It was first published in 1985. François Bachelot and Stéphane Rosa are jointly responsible as Direction de l'ouvrage (editors). In the 2013 edition, which has 1,399 pages, 10,000 wines from France, Luxembourg and Switzerland are described and evaluated. These were selected in the form of blind tastings by 900 experienced wine critics (winegrowers, merchants, sommeliers) from 40,000 wines from all appellations from 6,500 producers. According to Hachette's philosophy, "the marks within an appellation must be compared, as it is impossible to judge different appellations by the same yardstick". The grading system is:

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