by Paige Donner
Just released is the new 2012 Saint-Emilion Classification which ranks 82 of the most respected chateaux and wineries of Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux. Four made it into the Premier Grand Cru Classé A rank: Château Angélus, Château Pavie, Château Cheval Blanc and Château Ausone. This rank was awarded based on the wines’ exceptional ageing potential and their celebrated reputations. The two newcomers to the A rank for 2012 are, of course, Châteaux Pavie and Angelus.
Different, and innovative, for this 2012 classification is that the whole of the procedure was put under INAO (Institut national des appellations d’origine) supervision alongwith the Ministries of Agriculture and Consumption. Within the INAO a special commission was appointed made up of 7 carefully chosen evaluators who were not from Bordeaux. This commission in turn enlisted the support of the two certifying organizations, Qualisud and Bureau Veritas Certification.
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