In 1963, the Vaudois Winegrowers' Association created an award regulation for the best wines of the canton of Vaud(Switzerland). Only wines that meet the AOC requirements are admitted. However, even a faultless growth does not automatically receive the award, because the assessment or award criteria are far more stringent. The wines are tasted blind and analysed according to strict specifications with 25 criteria exclusively sensory (i.e. not chemical). These are divided into three main groups: Vue (appearance) with 1, Nez = Nose (nose = smell) with 10 and Bouche (mouth = taste) with 15 criteria. For each criterion a score of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 can be given. Particular emphasis is placed on character and typicity of origin (appellation) or terroir and grape variety, as well as ageing potential.
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