New Crus Bourgeois classification finalised

Crus-Bourgois-nouveau-classementIt’s official: the new Crus Bourgeois classification was adopted at the end of 2017. And the outcome is… the reinstatement of the three former categories – Cru Bourgeois, Cru Bourgeois Superiors and Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel – along with the reintroduction of the five-year ranking in line with the organisation’s wishes.

The Crus Bourgeois had been talking about it for long enough, and now it’s happened. On January 4th, the decree of December 29th was published in the Journal officiel, confirming the change to the Crus Bourgeois classification. The headline news: a return to the three quality levels – Cru Bourgeois, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and Cru Bourgeois Exceptional – that had been dropped in 2003. The classification can be applied from the 2018 vintage onwards, but is not expected to be published until 2020. It will be valid for a period of 5 years (the current classification, by contrast, is annual). Registrations for this new classification will be open from March 1st to September 30th.

In general terms, the principles of this classification, first drawn up in 1932, remain the same: blind tasting of wines, an independent jury, consideration of environmental issues and checks throughout the validity of the classification.

But one of the main questions still remains: which domaines will accept this new classification? The former Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnels have conspicuously turned their backs on the classification since the 2003 version was annulled: will they come back? For the record, there were nine Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnels:

Watch this space for more news! Whatever the outcome, iDealwine salutes this success for the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois, which will – hopefully – give consumers a clearer understanding of the quality hierarchy of Bordeaux wines. Don’t miss the next developments in this story.

See what Bordeaux wines we currently have on sale here

See all wines currently on sale

Not yet registered to buy wines with us? Sign up here for free!

Other things to read on the iDealwine blog:

Bordeaux wines now contain three times fewer pesticides than less than 4 years ago

Top 20 Bordeaux wines

Pomerol | Star of Bordeaux

You May Also Like

DRC THUMBNAIL

A morning spent at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Spending a few hours at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in the company of Aubert de Villaine is a true honour. We recount our very special visit to this prestigious domain.

champagne pairings

Champagne pairings

Champagne. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Instead of serving as an aperitif, why not give it pride of place at your next dinner with these paring suggestions?

huet one

Domaine Huet: tradition and biodynamics in harmony

Exquisite Chenin that reflects its sublime terroirs? We must be talking about Domaine Huet! As our new Wine of the Week, we learn more about how these fine cuvées are ...