New St. Emilion Classifications Announced
Montesquieu Wine Maker Derenoncourt Gains Further Recognition
The new, 2006 classification system has been announced. Troplong Mondat and Stephane Derononcourt's Chateaux Pavie-Macquin have both been elevated to the selective group of Premier Grand Cru Classes: Category B. Other notable Chateaux in that group are Chateau Angelus, Chateau Pavie and Chateau La Gaffeliere.
As you probably know, St. Emilion was passed over in the 1855 Classifications of Bordeaux. It wasn't until 1955 that St. Emilion finally received a classification system, drawing the attention and recognition that is rightly deserved. The system is set up so that every 10 years it can be revised, allowing Chateaux to be elevated or downgraded. There are only two Chateaux that have the highest rank (Premiers Grands Crus Classes: Category A) and those are Chateaux Cheval Blanc and Chateau Ausone.