The Saint-Émilion Classification of Wine

The Saint-Émilion Classification of Wine

It is important to understand the difference between Saint-Émilion Grand Cru AOC and Grand Cru Classé.  Saint-Émilion Grand Cru AOC is an an appellation in Bordeaux which has stricter requirements than that of Saint-Émilion AOC.  Instead, Grand Cru Classé is a classification awarded by the Saint-Émilion classification of 1955.

The Saint-Émilion classification has been revised every 10 years or so since since its inception.  The most recent revision being the 2012 classification.  The chateaux are judged on terroir, production methods, reputation, and blind tasting of at least 10 vintages.  The classification has 2 main tiers, Premier Grand Cru Classé and Grand Cru Classé.  The former is further subdivided into an A and B tier.

2012 Saint-Émilion Classification

Premier Grand Cru Classé A (First Growths)

Chateau Angelus
Chateau Ausone
Chateau Cheval Blanc
Chateau Pavie

Premier Grand Cru Classé B (First Growths)

Chateau Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse)
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot
Chateau Belair-Monange
Chateau Canon
Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere
Chateau Figeac
Chateau La Gaffeliere
Chateau Pavie Macquin
Chateau Troplong-Mondot
Chateau Trottevieille
Chateau Larcis Ducasse
Chateau Valandraud
Clos Fourtet
La Mondotte

Grand Cru Classé

Chateau l'Arrosee
Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle
Chateau Barde-Haut
Chateau Bellefont-Belcier
Chateau Bellevue
Chateau Bergat
Chateau Berliquet
Chateau Cadet-Bon
Chateau Cadet Piola
Chateau Cap de Mourlin
Chateau Chauvin
Chateau Clos de Sarpe
Chateau Corbin
Chateau Cote de Baleau
Chateau Dassault
Chateau Destieux
Chateau Faugeres
Chateau Faurie de Souchard
Chateau de Ferrand
Chateau Fleur Cardinale
Chateau Fombrauge
Chateau Fonplegade
Chateau Fonroque
Chateau Franc Mayne
Chateau Grand Mayne
Chateau Grand-Pontet
Chateau Les Grandes Murailles
Chateau Guadet
Chateau Grand Corbin
Chateau Corbin-Despagne
Chateau Haute Sarpe
Chateau Jean Faure
Chateau La Clotte
Chateau La Clusiere
Chateau La Commanderie
Chateau La Couspaude
Chateau La Dominique
Chateau La Fleur Morange
Chateau La Marzelle
Chateau La Serre
Chateau La Tour Figeac
Chateau Le Chatelet
Chateau Le Prieure
Chateau Laniote
Chateau Larmande
Chateau Laroque
Chateau Laroze
Chateau Matras
Chateau Moulin du Cadet
Chateau Pavie Decesse
Chateau Peby Faugeres
Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard
Chateau de Pressac
Chateau Quinault l'Enclos
Chateau Ripeau
Chateau Rochebelle
Chateau Saint-Georges Cote Pavie
Chateau Sansonnet
Chateau Soutard
Chateau Tertre Daugay
Chateau Villemaurine
Chateau Yon Figeac
Clos des Jacobins
Clos de l'Oratoire
Clos La Madeleine
Clos Saint-Martin
Couvent des Jacobins