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1855 Classifications

In 1855, Napoleon III, emperor of France, decided to hold a Universal Exposition in Paris (equivalent to a modern day world's fair) and wanted all the country's wines exhibited. The Chamber of Commerce in Bordeaux were instructed to arrange the exhibition. The members of the chamber passed the buck and asked the Syndicate of Courtiers, an organisation of wine merchants, to draw up an exact and complete list of all the red wines of the Gironde that specifies in which class they belonged.

First Growths (Premier Crus)

 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Château Latour Pauillac

Château Margaux Margaux

Château Haut Brion (Pessac Graves since 1986) Pessac Leognan

Second Growths (Deuxiemes Crus)

Château Mouton Rothschild (became a first growth in 1973) Pauillac

Château Rauzan Segla (Rauzan Segla) Margaux

Château Rauzan Gassies Margaux

Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien

Château Léoville Poyferre St. Julien

Château Léoville Barton St. Julien

Château Durfort Vivens Margaux

Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien

Château Lascombes Margaux

Château Brane-Cantenac (Cantenac) Margaux Château Pichon-

Longueville Baron Pauillac

Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien

Château Cos d'Estournel St.  Estephe

Château Montrose St. Estephe

Third Growths (Troisiemes Crus)

Château Kirwan (Cantenac) Margaux

Château D'Issan (Cantenac) Margaux

Château Lagrange St. Julien

Château Langoa Barton St. Julien

Château Giscours (Labarde)  Margaux

Château  Malescot St. Exupery Margaux

Château Cantenac Brown (Cantenac)  Margaux

Château Boyd-Cantenac Margaux

Château Palmer (Cantenac) Margaux

Château La Lagune (Ludon) Haut-Médoc

Château Desmirail Margaux

Château Calon Ségur St. Estephe

Château Ferriere Margaux

Château Marquis d'Alesme Becker Margaux

Fourth Growths (Quatriemes Crus)

Château St. Pierre St. Julien

Château Talbot St. Julien

Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien

Château Duhart-Milon-Rothschild Pauillac

Château Pouget (Cantenac) Margaux

Château La Tour Carnet (St. Laurent) Haut-Médoc

Château Lafon Rochet St. Estephe

Château Beychevelle St. Julien

Château Prieure-Lichine (Cantenac) Margaux

Château Marquis-de-Terme Margaux

Fifth Growths (Cinquiemes Crus)

Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

Château Batailley Pauillac

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac

Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse Pauillac

Château Lynch Bages Pauillac

Château Lynch Moussas Pauillac

Château Dauzac (Labarde) Margaux

Château Mouton-Baronne-Philippe (Château d'Armailhac after 1989) Pauillac

Château du Tertre (Arsac) Margaux

Château Haut Bages Liberal Pauillac

Château Pedesclaux Pauillac

Château Belgrave (St. Laurent) Haut-Médoc

Château Camensac (St. Laurent) Haut-Médoc

Château Cos Labory St. Estephe

Château Clerc Milon Pauillac

Château  Croizet Bages Pauillac

Château Cantemerle (Macau) Haut-Médoc




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