St Émilion wine

Saint-Emilion is the oldest wine area of the Bordeaux region. The UNESCO organization recognized the great terroir of Saint Emilion and put the site on the World Heritage List.

Saint Emilion wines are considered the most robust of the Bordeaux. They are generous, deep reds and reach their maturity quicker than other red Bordeaux.

In 1954, further to a request from the “Syndicat de Défense des Vins de Saint-Emilion”, the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine) established a classification of wines from this appellation.

The law stipulates that every ten years the INAO should revise this classification which attaches great importance to the high quality of the terroir.

Only wines from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation are eligible to become an official Grand Cru Classé or Premier Grand Cru Classé. The 1969, 1979, 1984 and 1996 revisions slightly altered the original classification.

The 2006 classification was highly controversial because 11 properties were demoted from their Grand Cru Classé status. After a lengthy court case the list was finalised.

In 2012 the classification was prepared using independent tastings and inspections and it’s listed on this page (courtesy of Wikipedia).

The classification comprises 18 Premiers grands crus classés and 64 Grands crus classés.

Premiers grands crus classés A

Château Angélus

Château Ausone

Château Cheval Blanc

Château Pavie (promoted in 2012)

Premiers grands crus classés B

Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse)

Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

Château Bélair-Monange

Château Canon Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

Château Figeac

Clos Fourtet

Château La Gaffelière

Château Larcis Ducasse

La Mondotte

Château Pavie-Macquin

Château Troplong Mondot

Château Trotte Vieille

Château Valandraud

Grands crus classés

Château l’Arrosée

Château Balestard la Tonnelle

Château Barde-Haut

Château Bellefont-Belcier

Château Bellevue

Château Berliquet

Château Cadet Bon

Château Cap de Mourlin

Château Chauvin

Château Clos de Sarpe

Château la Clotte

Château la Commanderie

Château Corbin

Château Côte de Baleau

Château la Couspaude

Château Dassault

Château Destieux

Château la Dominique

Château Faugères

Château Faurie de Souchard

Château de Ferrand

Château Fleur-Cardinale

Château La Fleur Morange

Château Fombrauge

Château Fonplégade

Château Fonroque

Château Franc Mayne

Château Grand Corbin

Château Grand Corbin-Despagne

Château Grand Mayne

Château les Grandes Murailles

Château Grand Pontet

Château Guadet

Château Haut Sarpe

Clos des Jacobins

Couvent des Jacobins (highly recommended)

Château Jean Faure

Château Laniote

Château Larmande

Château Laroque

Château Laroze

Château la Madelaine

Château La Marzelle

Château Monbousquet

Château Moulin du Cadet

Clos de l’Oratoire

Château Pavie-Decesse

Château Peby Faugères

Château Petit Faurie de Soutard

Château de Pressac

Château Le Prieuré

Château Quinault l’Enclos

Château Ripeau

Château Rochebelle

Château Saint Georges (Côte Pavie)

Clos Saint-Martin

Château Sansonnet

Château La Serre

Château Soutard

Château Tertre Daugay

Château La Tour Figeac

Château Villemaurine

Château Yon Figeac

Former crus classés

Château Corbin Michotte

Château La Tour du Pin Figeac (Giraud-Bélivier)

Château La Tour du Pin Figeac (Moueix)

 

 

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