Wines of Saint-Emilion Appellation

The Saint-Émilion Classification whose latest edition was published in 2012 list 82 properties, including 18 Premiers Grands Crus Classés (4 Premier Grands Crus Classés A and 14 Premier Grands Crus Classés B) and 64 Grands Crus Classés.
For more details please read the history of the classification at the end of the list.

 

The wines of Saint-Émilion are typically blended from different grape varieties, the three main ones being Merlot (60% of the blend), Cabernet Franc (nearly 30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (around 10%).

Merlot is usually the main grape variety of the blend but some Chateaux are known to blend differently:
 

Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc are known to use a high proportion of Cabernet Franc in their blend (roughly half of it). 

Château Figeac's blend most often relies on equal portions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon but, it can vary a little from vintage to vintage.

Two top Saint-Émilion estates have chosen not to be classified: Château Tertre Roteboeuf and Château Le Dome.

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Premier Grand Cru Classé A

 

Château Angelus

Château Ausone

Château Cheval Blanc

Château Pavie

 

Premier Grand Cru Classé B

 

Château Beau-Séjour Duffau

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 Trottevieille

Château Valandraud

 

Grands Crus Classés

Château l’Arrosée (Merged with Château Tertre Daugay to create Château Quintus)

Château Balestard la Tonnelle 

Château Barde-Haut

Château Bellefont-Belcier 

Château Bellevue

Château Berliquet

Château Cadet-Bon

Château Cap de Mourlin

Château le Chatelet

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 Mathilde

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

Château Jean Faure

Château Laniote

Château Larmande

Château Laroque

Château Laroze

Clos la Madeleine 

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-Cote-Pavie 

Clos Saint-Martin

Château Sansonnet

Château la Serre

Château Soutard

Château Tertre Daugay (Merged with Château L’Arosée to create Château Quintus)

Château la Tour Figeac 

Château Villemaurine

Château Yon-Fig

History of the Saint-Émilion Classification

In 1936, the “Saint- Émilion” AOC was officially recognized. In 1954 came three more: Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Saint- Émilion Grand Cru Classé and Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé.

In 1955, responding to a request from the Union for the Defence of the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Appellation, the French national institute of appellations (INAO) made a classification of the wines of the appellation.

It has been revised every ten years since that date and six classifications have therefore been implemented. The sixth and lastest classification was published in 2012.

Several vineyard changes took place with the 2012 St. Emilion classification:
Chateau Magdelaine was absorbed into Chateau Belair-Monange.

Chateau Bergat was added to Chateau Trotte Vieille.

Chateau Cadet Bon was merged into Chateau Soutard.
La Tour du Pin was annexed into Chateau Cheval Blanc.

What makes this classification powerful and so original is that it is revised every 10 years. It effectively stimulates all Saint- Émilion winegrowers to seek the best possible quality in their wines.

The 2012 classification was the sixth since the first in 1955. 82 properties were listed, including 64 Grands Crus and 18 Premiers Grands Crus Classés.

The city of Saint Emilion, located 35km northeast of Bordeaux, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

View on the vineyards of Saint Emilion from Château Tertre Roteboeuf