Bordeaux has over 7000 chateaux and is the most important wine producing area in the world. There are 57 appelations and those located nearest to us are in the Côtes wine region. There is no single comprehensive classification system that ranks Bordeaux’s 57 appellations and thousands of wines. Over the years, the estates of several Bordeaux appellations such as Médoc, Sauternes & Barsac, Graves and Saint-Emilion have been classified based on criteria of consistent quality, type of terroir, wine-growing expertise, production levels and of course how the wine actually tastes. A classification is a list of outstanding wines. It provides the consumer, the ultimate judge, with a reliable, yet non-exhaustive reference of the resources of a particular vineyard. Look for “grand cru”, “cru classé” or “grand cru classé” on the label.