Great Bordeaux Wines

When we speak of Grands Crus de Bordeaux , reference is made to the classification of April 1855, requested by Napoleon III, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Paris. This ranking of Grands Crus of the left bank, the Médoc, Graves and Sauternes regions, was drawn up by the brokers of Bordeaux according to criteria...
When we speak of Grands Crus de Bordeaux , reference is made to the classification of April 1855, requested by Napoleon III, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Paris. This ranking of Grands Crus of the left bank, the Médoc, Graves and Sauternes regions, was drawn up by the brokers of Bordeaux according to criteria of price, demand and reputation for wines on a Period of at least a century. This method has been very controversial, but it seemed to be logical to the brokers, first promoters of sales of these castles to consumers in France and elsewhere. Almost all the red wines classified in 1855 were produced on the regional area of ​​the Médoc, since only the Château Haut-Brion, belonging to the appellation Graves was consecrated. He was, however, promoted among the best vintages. The classification of the red wines was established in 5 great levels for the reds: only 5 estates were classified First crus: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, pauillac Chateau Latour, pauillac Castle Margaux, margaux Château Mouton Rothschild, pauillac, (second cru in 1855, promoted in the first vintage in 1973) Château Haut-Brion, in appellation pessac-léognan, (grave until 1986) For the great white wines, the brokers decided to take into account only sweet wines with only one Premier Cru superior: Château Yquem, and first and second crus on the appellations Sauternes and Barsac.
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