Médoc cru bourgeois status is awarded to 243 chateaux

29 October, 2010

The first results from the Médoc’s new Cru Bourgeois Reconnaissance scheme have been released.

Of 290 chateaux that submitted wines from the 2008 vintage, 243 attained cru bourgeois status – which they can only use for that vintage.

The scheme is open to wines made in any of the eight Médoc appellations and is controlled by an independent body called Bureau Veritas, which judges the production facilities and the quality of the wine each year.

The 243 estates that made the classification represent some 3,500ha, or 22%, of the Médoc’s vineyards and included 77 new wines compared with the 2003 classification.

Most of the estates were in Médoc and Haut-Médoc, which together made up 73% of the classification. Saint-Estèphe made up 9%, Listrac, Moulis and Margaux 5% each, Pauillac 2%?and St-Julien 1%.




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