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Cru Classe (crew- clah-say)
French for "classified growth." Those wines of Bordeaux that have been ranked, from 1st to 5th growth. The first classification took place in 1855 and a few modifications have been made over the years.

Today we review a Bordeaux from Saint-Emilion, and it's "only" a Grand Cru, as opposed to a Grand Cru Classe.

Cru Classe Grande Reserve / Clairette, rolle, ugni blanc 2011Pale gold color. This was a very fun wine, honey and peach appeared on the nose. I found Pleasant aromatic palate with notes of honey again a long lasting and sweet finale of white peach. We eat it with Baby... Read More ...

Optimal Drinking Window: 10+ years for Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe (top quality French Bordeaux). 2-6 years for less complex ones.
Recommended Regions: Bordeaux (France). Napa, Sonoma (US). Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley (Australia).
2. Merlot -- The Cab Without the Pain ...

class growth see cru classe'.
closed term describing underdeveloped and young wines whose flavors are not exhibiting well.
complex a wine exhibiting numerous odors, nuances, and flavors.

Should all else fail
All is not lost. A grand cru classe makes a great wine vinegar or a superb base for salad dressing.
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Noteworthy exceptions are Saint Emilion's two highest-classified estates (Premier Grand Cru Classe "A"): the famous Chateau Cheval Blanc in which Cabernet Franc is the lead varietal, composing approximately two-thirds of the blend, ...

Cru: French word for growth. It refers to a vineyard of especially high quality, such as a classified growth or "cru classe."
Crush tank: Wine tank which receives the newly crushed must - pumped directly from the crusher.

Bordeaux Appellations
Graves Classification
Information on Cru Bourgeois
List of 260 Cru Bourgeois Producers of 2010 (pdf)
Bordeaux Classification of 1855
Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe ...

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Region, Wine, Variety, Fermentation, Grape?

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