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.
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.
The second tier, Premier (1st) Grand Cru Classe B, includes 14 Saint Emilion estates.
Premier Grand Cru Classé 'B'
|Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse)|
|Château Larcis Ducasse|
|Château Trotte Vieille|
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 Cadet Bon|
|Château Cap de Mourlin|
|Château Clos de Sarpe|
|Château Côte de Baleau|
|Château Faurie de Souchard|
|Château Grand Corbin|
|Château Grand Corbin-Despagne|
|Château Grand Mayne|
|Château Grand Pontet|
|Château Haut Sarpe|
|Château Jean Faure|
|Château la Clotte|
|Château la Commanderie|
|Château la Couspaude|
|Château La Fleur Morange|
|Château la Madelaine|
|Château La Marzelle|
|Château La Serre|
|Château La Tour Figeac|
|Château Le Prieuré|
|Château les Grandes Murailles|
|Château Moulin du Cadet|
|Château Peby Faugères|
|Château Petit Faurie de Soutard|
|Château Quinault l'Enclos|
|Château Saint Georges (Côte Pavie)|
|Château Tertre Daugay|
|Château Yon Figeac|
|Clos de l'Oratoire|
|Clos des Jacobins|
|Couvent des Jacobins|
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Enjoy your Bordeaux wine tour and the wines of Saint Emilion!
Hi, my name is Polina. I am a sommelier and a wine tour guide in Bordeaux, France.
I organize private Bordeaux wine tours.