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Date & Time:

Monday, 1st July


London – Holborn,

London School of Economics & Political Science


The ‘Cru Bourgeois’ classification was established in 1932 by Médoc châteaux that had not been included in the 1855 Bordeaux ‘Grand Cru Classé’ system. Focussed, from the outset, on quality, they delegated the job of deciding whether a château merited classification to an elected committee and, unlike their more illustrious counterpart, made periodic reviews of performance part of the system. Given the subjective nature of the committee’s decisions, controversy was inevitable and in 2003, châteaux that had been ‘de-classified’ took their grievances to court and won. The consequence was that ‘Cru Bourgeois’ was re-invented as a seal of quality, administered by a third party.

We have selected 8 fine examples from the excellent 2016 vintage for you – Châteaux Vieux Moulin, Lacour Jacquet, Peyredon La Gravette, Rollan de By, Moulin de Canhaut, Maison Blanche, Pierre de Montignac and Noillac.

Tutor Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

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