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Which are the Top Wineries in Saint Emilion, France (List)

Saint Emilion wineries were first officially ranked in 1955.  

The top three tiers in the classification are:

1. Premier (1st) Grand Cru Classe A – currently, 4 wineries

2. Premier (1st) Grand Cru Classe B – currently, 14 wineries

3. Grand Cru Classe – currently, 63 wineries.

Only these 81 wineries in Saint Emilion are referred to as classified growth, or Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe. The remaining 700 market their wines as Saint Emilion Grand Cru or Saint Emilion AOC.

According to the rules of the the French regulation body, INAO – The National Institute of Origin and Quality, wineries have to reapply for classification every ten years. Upon the review, wineries can be promoted or demoted.

The next reclassification of Saint Emilion wines is expected in 2022.

It was interesting to find out that it is not only the wine that is being tasted as part of the classification process.  There are many other criteria, such as facilities, parking, etc. that go into the final score. 

If you are looking to visit a winery, check out my Bordeaux wineries catalogue and my article on Top 10 Wineries to Visit in Saint Emilion or contact me – I organize private Bordeaux wine country tours and will be happy to help you out.

Please note that not all wineries in Saint Emilion area are open to the public. 

Classification of Saint Emilion Wineries 2012

These four chateaux are the top wineries in Saint Emilion  according to the official classification.

Chateau Angelus and Chateau Pavie were added to the “A” Group in 2012.

Premier Grand Cru Classé 'A' 

Château Angélus
Château Ausone
Château Cheval Blanc

Château Pavie

The second tier, Premier (1st) Grand Cru Classe B, includes  14 Saint Emilion estates.

Premier Grand Cru Classé 'B'

Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse)
Château Bélair-Monange
Château Canon
Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

Château Figeac

Château La Gaffelière

Château Larcis Ducasse
Château Pavie-Macquin

Château Troplong Mondot

Château Trotte Vieille
Château Valandraud
Clos Fourtet
La Mondotte

The third tier, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe, is where the competition is very fierce to enter.

Grand Cru Classé
Château Balestard la Tonnelle
Château Barde-Haut

Château Bellefont-Belcier

Château Bellevue
Château Berliquet
Château Cadet Bon
Château Cap de Mourlin
Château Chauvin
Château Clos de Sarpe
Château Corbin
Château Côte de Baleau
Château Dassault

Château de Ferrand

Château de Pressac

Château Destieux
Château Faugères
Château Faurie de Souchard
Château Fleur-Cardinale
Château Fombrauge
Château Fonplégade
Château Fonroque

Château Franc Mayne

Château Grand Corbin
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne
Château Grand Mayne
Château Grand Pontet
Château Guadet
Château Haut Sarpe
Château Jean Faure
Château l'Arrosée
Château la Clotte
Château la Commanderie
Château la Couspaude

Château la Dominique

Château La Fleur Morange
Château la Madelaine
Château La Marzelle
Château La Serre
Château La Tour Figeac
Château Laniote
Château Larmande
Château Laroque
Château Laroze
Château Le Prieuré
Château les Grandes Murailles
Château Monbousquet
Château Moulin du Cadet
Château Pavie-Decesse
Château Peby Faugères
Château Petit Faurie de Soutard
Château Quinault l'Enclos
Château Ripeau
Château Rochebelle
Château Saint Georges (Côte Pavie)  
Château Sansonnet

Château Soutard

Château Tertre Daugay

Château Villemaurine

Château Yon Figeac
Clos de l'Oratoire
Clos des Jacobins
Clos Saint-Martin
Couvent des Jacobins

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What Makes Pomerol Wines Special?

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10 Best Saint-Emilion Wineries to Visit

Pomerol Wineries Open for Wine Tours and Tastings

See more articles about Bordeaux winery visits in my Blog and find Bordeaux travel tips see my Bordeaux Destination Guide.

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