Saturday, November 17, 2007

St Emilion classification 2006 reconsidered

Without doubt, many St Emilion châteaux will have heaved a deep sigh of relief: earlier this week the Conseil d'Etat abolished the temporary suspension of the 2006 St Emilion classification. It doesn't mean that all problems are solved now, but at least the classification can be used again, and the words (Premier) Grand Cru Classé can be printed on the labels of the 2006 vintage, as usual. This decision from France's highest administrative court in Paris came right in time for the Bordelais.

Château Ausone
But the complaints about the new classification - surprisingly all from demoted châteaux - will later still be dealt with by the Bordeaux court. And just to be helpful to all parties involved, and to make things less complicated, Bordoverview hereby presents its own subjective reconsideration of the classification.

The revised list below takes as a starting point the new 2006 classification. And dear reader, please do not hesitate to formulate your reaction to this alternative list.

Premiers Grands Crus Classés A (no changes)
Château Ausone
Château Cheval Blanc

Premiers Grands Crus Classés B
Château Angélus
Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse
Château Belair
Château Canon
Château Canon-La-Gaffelière (promoted from GCC)
Château Figeac
Château Larcis-Ducasse (promoted from GCC)
Château Magdelaine
Château Pavie-Macquin
Château la Tour Figeac (promoted from GCC)
Château Troplong-Mondot
Château Trottevieille
Clos Fourtet

Grands Crus Classés - changes only
Château Pavie (demoted from 1er GCC)
Château La Gaffelière (demoted from 1er GCC)
Château Bellevue (promoted, or actually restored to where it was)
Clos Badon Thunevin (promoted)
Château La Bienfaisance (promoted)
Château Carteau Côtes Daugay (promoted)
Château Moulin Saint-Georges (promoted)
Château Quinault l'Enclos (promoted)
Château Tertre-Roteboeuf (promoted)
Château de Valandraud (promoted)

Demoted: removed from Grands Crus Classés
Château La Couspaude
Château Destieux (actually placed back to where it came from)
Château Monbousquet (also placed back)
Château Fombrauge

2 comments:

Izak Litwar said...

Hi David,

As I wrote at another forum, I doubt very much that the whole 2006 classification will be suspended again. I don't think that a Bordeaux court has the power and right to overturn the decision of Conseil d'Etat. I believe the issue now is if the four properties in question will be looked at independly or not.

Conserning your alternative classification, I will put my to compare, as I don't agree with you on several chateaux (i'll comment it later)

Premiers Grands Crus Classés A (no changes)
Château Ausone
Château Cheval Blanc

Premiers Grands Crus Classés B
Château Angélus
Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse
Château Canon
Château Figeac
Château Magdelaine
Château Pavie
Château Pavie-Macquin
Château Troplong-Mondot
Château Trottevieille
Clos Fourtet
Château Tertre-Roteboeuf (promoted)
Château de Valandraud (promoted)


Grands Crus Classés - changes only
Château Belair (demoted from 1er GCC)
Château La Gaffelière (demoted from 1er GCC)
Château Bellevue (promoted, or actually restored to where it was)
Château Moulin Saint-Georges (promoted)

Imho Larcis Ducasse has only increased its quality since 2004 vintage, I'm seriously in doubt with Canon-La-Gaffeliere, La Tour Figeac in my opinion isn't close to PGCC quality, I think La Couspade and Destieux are really of GCC quality, Pavie isn't my favourite wine in St.E. but certainly of PGCC quality.

Tertre Roteboeuf has been of PGCC quality for years and Valandraud became it in recent years.

It seems to me like Jean-Luc Thunevin has been concentrating on making fine wines instead of provocating everybody in Bordeaux

Winemega-Alain said...

I found worth confronting the classification suggested by David and Izak, with the classification extracted from the 10 years statistical database of Winemega. Interesting to find how well a handfull of "new comers" are high ranked (Mondotte, Valandraud, Le Dôme, Rol Valentin..). And to note that Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge are in second quartile only..

SAINT-EMILION 10 YEARS RANKINGS (Winemega)
AUSONE
CHEVAL BLANC
MONDOTTE
TERTRE ROTEBOEUF
VALANDRAUD
PAVIE MACQUIN
ANGELUS (L')
PAVIE
FIGEAC
DOME (LE)
CLOS FOURTET
PAVIE DECESSE
CANON LA GAFFELIERE
ROL VALENTIN
BEAUSEJOUR BECOT
TROTTEVIEILLE
MAGREZ-FOMBRAUGE
BELLEVUE-MONDOTTE
CLOS DES JACOBINS
BEAUSEJOUR DUFFAU
TROPLONG-MONDOT
GRACIA
BELAIR
MONBOUSQUET
BELLEVUE
GAFFELIERE (LA)
LUCIA
LYNSOLENCE
PEBY-FAUGERES
MAGDELAINE
CANON
GRAND MAYNE
ARROSEE (L')
GOMERIE
CLOS BADON
CADET-PIOLA
COUSPAUDE (LA)
GRANDES MURAILLES (LES)
FLEUR (LA)
CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE
DESTIEUX
GRAND PONTET
SERRE (LA)
BERLIQUET
DOMINIQUE (LA)
QUINAULT L'ENCLOS
BEAUSEJOUR
TERTRE DAUGAY
YON FIGEAC
LARCIS DUCASSE
DASSAULT
FOMBRAUGE
TOUR FIGEAC (LA)
COTE DE BALEAU
PIN-BEAUSOLEIL
SAINT GEORGES COTE PAVIE
CHAUVIN
BELLEFONT-BELCIER
CLOTTE (LA)
JEAN FAURE
GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE
LAROZE
FOMBRAUGE
FAUGERES
SAINT GEORGES COTE PAVIE
COUTET
PRIEURE (LE)
CAP DE MOURLIN
FRANC MAYNE
BALESTARD LA TONNELLE
FONROQUE
TRIANON
PRIEURE (LE)
FLEUR (LA)
MAZEYRES
VILLEMAURINE
CORBIN MICHOTTE
FONPLEGADE
CROQUE MICHOTTE
LARMANDE

Cheers,
Alain