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tobacco and dark roast coffee. It has good structure and backbone, not
unlike a classic Bordeaux, but is drinking well now. While not inexpensive,
it still provides good value. Enjoy this wine with grilled steak or roast beef.
1. The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855,
requested by Emperor Napoleon III for the Exposition
universelle de Paris, ranked certain producers
into five categories, now containing 61 châteaux:
five “first growth” or premiers crus, 14 deuxièmes,
14 troisièmes, 10 quatrièmes and 18 cinquièmes. For
the wines of the Saint-Émilion appellation on the
right bank of the Dordogne, a similar classification
was undertaken in 1955, ranking two châteaux as
premiers grands crus A, 11 châteaux as premiers
grands crus B and 55 as grands crus classés.
2. Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita.
3. The categories are described as follows. “Exceptional”:
the most sought-after and prized wines.
“Outstanding”: benchmark-quality wines with a
strong market following. “Excellent”: high-performing
wines of exquisite quality with solid volume of
demand. The classification system adopts a marketbased
approach using data from wine auctions.
4. The most notable being Margaret River, Barossa Valley,
Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren
Vale, Hunter Valley and Yarra Valley.
5. Grange was voted “Wine of the Year” by Wine
Spectator in 1995, for its 1990 vintage, and the
2008 vintage was awarded 100 points by a number
of wine critics.
6. The Global Encyclopedia of Wine explains it this
way, using the example of pinot noir from the village
Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru
Premier cru wine, which may be from more than
Gevrey-Chambertin St. Jacques premier cru
Premier cru from a named vineyard
Chambertin-Clos de Bèz
Grand cru wine
Fourth Victory Loan Parade – Prince George (1943).
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