The Best Wines of the Left Bank of Bordeaux

The weighted up to date rating of the estates of the left bank of Bordeaux (red wines)

Stas Medvedev
9 min readDec 29, 2018

Incredibly, the official classification of Bordeaux in 1855 was not only the most famous wine classification in the world, but has remained so for more than 160 years.

Napoleon III, instructed the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry to select and classify the best French wines, which were to be presented at the Paris exhibition in 1855. The wines were ranked according to reputation and value, which presumably matched the quality. This is how Classification officielle des vins de Bordeaux de 1855 appeared — a document that defines the quality levels and importance of wineries for the French economy. The wines in the final list received categories, the so-called Cru, from first to fifth. Almost all the red wines in the classification came from the Medoc region, with the exception of the Château Haut-Brion wine, which came from the commune of the Graves region.

In each category, wineries were located in accordance with the quality indicators of their products. Fortunately, by that time Bordeaux wines already had a 200-year history. Even if someone produced stellar wine in 1854, this did not at all ensure its entry into the classification — without substantial accumulated…

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Stas Medvedev

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