I have for years summed up my tasting/visit articles with a recommendation: what to buy, what to search for, and what to hopefully acquire.
This summary has the potential to collide with my vin d’émotion rating system, so I have therefore decided to merge the two.
Vins d’émotion – these are the wines to buy
The core quality of vins d’émotion is that they bring you extraordinary joy and hedonistic thrills.
A wine can be great, yet at the same time not a vin d’émotion. But that term’s rather broad definition means there is no need to look any further for a recommendation.
For me, all wines that evoke these basic emotional responses deserve a recommendation. Does that mean that I will taste some “great” wines, yet not recommend them? Yes. That “greatness” may well be reflected in the points score, but without my emotional hearts, the wine didn’t touch me.
I have four levels of emotional recommendation: from the true – and rare – vin d’émotion to wines with some emotional potential.
A true vin d’émotion – a Burgundy of passion
A truly hedonistic wine – lively and enjoyable
A vivacious wine for pure indulgance
A wine with emotional potential
Read the original Vin d’émotion article here, and going forward, take these emotional scores as my recommendations, with their strength relative to the emotional content of the wine.