the 2012 re-classification of st emilion

The Re-Classification of St Emilion

The latest changes in the St Emilion Classification show that hard work really does pay off. Congratulations to both Chateau Pavie, and Chateau Angelus on their promotions, which put them both in the same league as two of the most respected Chateaux in the world. This achievement is certainly well deserved in our opinion, and is recognition of all of the hard work that both have put in.

Should one of the “super seconds” ever make its way into the elite group of the first growths (and there are a few that could) – we would almost certainly see a jump in its price overnight. Alas, this is incredibly unlikely as the left bank classification has remained unmoved since 1855, when it was created, save for Mouton’s “promotion” in 1973.

100 Years after the classification on the left bank, the St Emilion classification was created, and has not been quite so rigid, with an assessment every 10-15 years taking place, allowing Chateaux to move up, down, or completely off the list. (The last update of 2006 was surrounded in controversy, and so never officially stood).

The list comprises of:

·         Premiers Grands Crus Classés A

·         Premiers Grands Crus Classés B

·         Grand Crus Classés (not to be confused with Grand Cru, which is a much more generic label, and does not fall under the Classification).

The most recent update to the list happened only last week, with 2 wines moving from GCC B, up to GCC A – Chateau Angelus and Chateau Pavie. Previous to this, only Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Ausone were GCC A – and their prices reflected this.

James Bond had a keen interest in Angelus prior to the latest update…

Chateau Pavie made the initial jump from GCC to GCC B in the 1986 Re-Classification, with Chateau Angelus following in the next Re- Classification of 1996, again moving from GCC to GCC B. The latest promotion of both Chateaux to GCC A, makes these the first Chateaux to ever make the jump from B to A – as Ausone and Cheval Blanc were the only 2 original GCC A in the 1955 classification, and until now, no one else had ever joined them.

The Re-Classification will be effective from the 2012 vintage onwards – and although the wines from vintages prior to this will not be labelled as GCC A – the re-classification has taken into account the wines from the last 15 vintages when making their decision. Therefore, we would expect to see the likes of the 2000 Pavie (100 RP) and the Angelus and Pavie 2009 (99 RP & 100 RP respectively) see an increase in demand, due to the pricing structure of the other 2 GCC A.

 

Angelus

Ausone

Cheval Blanc

Pavie

2000 Parker Score

97

98+

99

100

2000 Price

£3,000

£12,500

£6,500

£3,800

         

2003 Parker Score

93

100

89

98+

2003 Price

£1,750

£10,750

£3,000

£1,800

         

2005 Parker Score

98

100

96

98+

2005 Price

£2,350

£13,500

£4,300

£2,350

         

2009 Parker Score

99

98+

99

100

2009 Price

£2,450

£11,750

£7,200

£2,500

         

2010 Parker Score

94-96+

98-100

96-98+

95-98+

2010 Price

£2,500

£12,250

£7,850

£2,400

Gerard Perse, owner of Chateau Pavie recognises that the value will increase, but had some re-assuring words for the loyal followers of Pavie – “The move up to A will no doubt increase the value [of our wines].. but it would be wrong to hurt our loyal customers, and a heresy, to put up our prices to the level of a Cheval Blanc or an Ausone. Consumers would not understand if the price went up fourfold in a year.”

The Owners however, will not be able to affect the wines being traded on the secondary market.

Other changes worth noting in the new Classification:

Chateau ANGELUS & 1er GCC A

Chateau PAVIE & 1er GCC A

Chateau CANON LA GAFFELIERE  & 1er GCC B

LA MONDOTTE  & 1er GCC B

Chateau LARCIS DUCASSE  & 1er GCC B

Chateau VALANDRAUD  & 1er GCC B

=     18 First Growths, among which 4 First Growths are A.

This classification is based on the 15 last vintages.

 

New promoted Grand Cru Classé :

Chateau BARDE-HAUT

Chateau GUADET

Chateau LE CHATELET

Chateau JEAN FAURE

Chateau CLOS DE SARPE

CLOS DE LA MADELEINE

Chateau LA COMMANDERIE

Chateau PEBY FAUGERES

Chateau COTE DE BALEAU

Chateau DE PRESSAC

Chateau FAUGERES

Chateau QUINAULD L'ENCLOS

Chateau DE FERRAND

Chateau ROCHEBELLE

Chateau LA FLEUR MORANGE

Chateau SANSONNET

Chateau FOMBRAUGE

 

This classification is based on the 10 last vintages.

 

Congratulations must also go to all other newly promoted Chateaux, including Larcis Ducasse, one of our personal favourite values in St Emilion.

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