Today marks a major milestone for the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc as the new Crus Bourgeois classification becomes official.
The new classifications are now awarded for five years and comprise three categories: Cru Bourgeois, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel. The first classifications will feature on the labels for vintages 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
According to the organisation, the new system creates a ‘clear, impartial, objective classification which will enable consumers to buy Crus Bourgeois with complete confidence’.
The inaugural ranking includes 249 Bordeaux Chateaux – 179 Cru Bourgeois, 56 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and 14 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel.
‘Almost 10 years of preparation and consultation were necessary to obtain consent from the public authorities for the creation of this new classification, which recognises the quality of winegrowers’ work and gives them a longer-term view of their property’s wine, thereby facilitating projects and investments,’ the Alliance said. ‘For consumers, the classification is a guarantee of quality that enables them to choose a Cru Bourgeois in complete confidence.’
Last year, the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc presented the tenth and last vintage (2017) to undergo the single-tier annual Official Selection assessment.
For the full list of the 2020 classifications, click here.