St Emilion Classification Ruled Invalid by Court

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After much debate and controversy, the St. Emilion classification has finally been ruled invalid. Chateaux must remove the classifications of Premier Grand Cru Classé A or B, or Grand Cru Classé – which should have applied from the 2006 vintage up to 2016 – from labels on wines dating from the 2006 vintage. ste1a.jpg

The judge blamed the mechanism and not the tasters for the problem. Wine producers see this as a catastrophe. In the old system Chateau Cheval Blanc and Ausone were the only two Premiers Grands Crus Classés A. The Telegraph, AFP and Decanter have the story.

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