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Posted: Tuesday, December 01 2009. 15:37

Reincarnation of Cru Bourgeois in Bordeaux

The new Cru Bourgeois label has been officially ratified by the French agricultural ministry - and the decree signed by prime minister, thus implying that .from the 2008 vintage onwards the word Cru Bourgeois will once again appear on wine labels from the Médoc.

But this time it is an assurance of quality, rather than an actual classification, says the report in Decanter. The chateaux will have to apply every year for the right to use the term, and will be checked for quality by Bureau Veritas, an independent organisation for a blind tasting of the wines..

This will happen  two years after harvest:. Thus, the 2008 vintage will be available after testing and certifying in 2010.

The president of the Alliance Cru Bourgeois, Frédérique de Lamothe, feels confident this that it was 'an excellent result for chateaux and consumers.'

490 chateaux applied for the original 2003 classification, and 247 were awarded the status. This was annulled following legal disputes. This time, around 300 chateaux have applied for the Reconnaissance Cru Bourgeois label.

Although the official list of adherents will not be published until early 2010, it is thought that several of the former Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel chateaux will stay away from the new system at least during the initial period.


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