Name the 3 levels of the Saint-Emilion classification
Premier Grand Cru Classe A
Premier Grand Cru Classe B
Grand Cru Classe
How many properties may be included in the Saint-Emilion classification?
Originally 100 but no longer a limit
Are the Saint-Emilion classification levels also AOCs?
Not exactly. On 1954-10-07, 3 appellations were created:
Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe (no longer an AOC)
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe (no longer an AOC)
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru (classed growths are now this AOC)
Why was the 1979 revision to the Saint-Emilion classification cancelled?
The exclusionary spirit of classification was contrary to the inclusionary spirit of appellation
In 1986, the solution was to introduce the Saint-Emilion AOC which together with the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC can be declared at each vintage by every winemaker in Saint Emilion. To be considered for classed growth status, a property must have declared the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC for 8 of the previous 10 vintages.
What is the difference between the Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOCs?
Saint-Emilion AOC: 45 hl/ha yield, min 10.5% alcohol
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC: 40 hl/ha yield, min 11% alcohol, supplemental tasting
How are Saint-Emilion wines labeled?
Non-classed growths are either AOC Saint-Emilion or AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
All classed growths are also AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Which Bordeaux classifications were annulled?
What sparked the Cru Bourgeois Classification?
In the 1930s it was hard to sell wine without a classification
When was the Cru Bourgeois Classification made?
1932: Organized by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and the Gironde Chamber of Agriculture (never approved by the Ministry)
How many properties were included in the 1932 Cru Bourgeois classification?
444 Medoc properties
Name the 3 levels of the 1932 Cru Bourgeois classification
Cru Bourgeois Superieur Exceptionnel: 6
Cru Bourgeois Superieur: 99
Cru Bourgeois: 339
Name the 3 levels of the 2003 Cru Bourgeois classification