The classification system of Saint – Emilion wines has the characteristic of being subject to revision. In fact, this statement is not just a simple line that thickens some kind of agreement from decades ago but a reality that has been implemented, approximately every ten years, and which has its consequences. However, after the 2006 revision there were only 5 years until the new one which took place in 2011, when it was decided to review all the classification again.
The 2012 classification regulation was approved in June last year and it took into account no more and no less than eighty-two different wine properties. This comprehensive review resulted in almost a year of work against the clock (i.e. ten months uninterrupted).
This constant effort to find the overall quality and the high level of demand reveals the level of perfection pursued. In fact, in other sub-regions in Bordeaux this constant evaluation does not exist. Specifically the overall classification of this region remains almost unchanged since the nineteenth century, oddly enough, when it was requested by Emperor Napoleon III for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1855.
The point is that nor everybody is always happy with this kind of decisions and so after the changes some voices have been raised. Many wines have emerged strengthened, others got benefit from the new classification but of course, some have been demoted and losing positions, prestige … perhaps customers?
In total 18 Premier Grand Cru Classé and 64 Grand Cru Classé are tangible proof of the modernity and dynamism of Saint Emilion wines that stand out from others in the pursuit of excellence.
The result is consistent quality that is seen not only in their best wines, those which occupy the top spots, but also in all those which each year strive to achieve the top of the ranking and work for it with a special pampering in the way they take care of the soils, in their choice of grapes, in short, all that precious process that runs until wine is made.
I encourage those who have never bought a wine from this region to do so and, for that matter, to accompany their shopping cart with some other French wine, in order to review the new classification of Saint Emilion wine while comparing them to the ones from other French regions with a glass of wine in hand, which is the best way to start a conversation like this.
Château Mondorion 2004
Château Cheval Blanc 2003