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In 1963, the Vaud Winegrowers' Association created an award scheme for the best wines of the canton of Vaud(Switzerland). Only wines that meet the AOC requirements are permitted. However, even a flawless plant does not automatically receive the award, as the assessment and award criteria are much higher. The wines are blind tasted and analysed according to strict guidelines with 25 criteria exclusively sensory (i.e. not chemical). 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 grade 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 can be assigned. Special attention is paid to the character and typicity of origin (appellation) or terroir and grape variety, as well as ageing potential.

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