A Guide to Bordeaux Wine Classi cations by Sub-Re­gion

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Left Bank Haut Me­doc – 1855 Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Châteaux (or­dered by Napoleon III for the best Bordeaux wines for the 1855 Ex­po­si­tion Uni­verselle de Paris). The lev­els start at 1st Growth (Premier Cru) through 5th Growth (62 wines). The 1st Growths are: Château Lafite Roth­schild, Château La­tour, Château Mar­gaux, Château Haut Brion (in Graves) and Château Mouton Roth­schild.

Su­per Sec­onds – Those 2nd Growths of Haut Me­doc that are close to be­ing 1st Growths: Ex­am­ple Léoville Las Cases. Note: all other Left Bank wines are un­clas­si­fied or Cru Bour­geois (Me­doc), which is a Château that is ex­am­ined and cer­ti­fied for qual­ity.

Left Bank Graves – 1959 Clas­si­fi­ca­tion: Châteaux are rated “Crus Classé” for red or white wine. Sub-re­gion Pes­sac-Léog­nan is its own AOC (Ap­pel­la­tion d’Orig­ine Con­trolée).

Left Bank Sauternes – Clas­si­fied in 1855, there are only 3 lev­els: Premier Cru Supérieur (solely for Chateau d’Yquem), Premier Cru 1st Growth and Deux­iemes Cru (2nd Growth).

Right Bank St. Emil­ion – This is the only Right Bank lo­ca­tion to clas­sify wines. 4 lev­els of wines: Premier Grand Cru Classé A (only 4 prop­er­ties Châteaux Che­val Blanc, Au­sone, Angélus, and Pavie), Grand Cru Classé B (14 prop­er­ties), Grand Cru Classé (64 prop­er­ties), and Grand Cru (low­est classed level).

Right Bank Pomerol – This re­gion has no of­fi­cial clas­si­fi­ca­tion, yet Château Petrus is con­sid­ered to rank with the 1st Growths in Bordeaux.

Other Bordeaux Wines, In­clud­ing En­try Level – There are 7 AOC’s (Ap­pel­la­tions d’Orig­ine con­trolee) for these wines: Bordeaux Rouge AOC, Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge, Bordeaux Clairet, Bordeaux Rosé, Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux Supérieur Blanc and Cré­mant de Bordeaux.

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