Tastevin Confrerie with original ribbon
This special French Tastevin belonged to a member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, an exclusive bacchanalian fraternity of Burgundy wine connoisseurs. The Grand Conseil – the administrative committee of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin – has more than a dozen members, each bearing an honorary title: Grand Maître, Grand Consul, Grand Argentier, Grand Connétable, Grand Cellerier, Grand Prévôt, Grand Ecuyer, Grand Sénéchal, Grand Echanson, Conservateur du Livre d’Or, Maître des Requêtes, Grand Chambellan and Grand Camerlingue. This Tastevin is an original and belonged to a member of the fraternity. I suggest you read more on the internet about the Confrerie, as it is so interesting! It is rare to find one from the Fraternity with the original ruban still present. It weighs 83 grms and the size is dia 8.5cm, size including handle is 8.5 x 11.5 x h 3cm. Postage from France included.
What is a Tastevin?
A historic tool used in wine making and wine tasting, the Tastevin is a small, metal cup or saucer. The cup has traditionally been used to assess the color, clarity, and maturity of wine.
In ancient times, without the advent of modern lighting, a special shallow cup was required to accurately view and judge wine. Each little bowl was multifaceted, allowing light to reflect the visual properties of the wine.