Grand Cru masterclasses

The fifth edition of the festival has its share of innovations with two new masterclasses devoted to two Grands Crus Classés.

In the comfortable surroundings of the sumptuous Salle des Guichets in the BIP building, take a trip through some of the top Bordeaux wines. Tastings accompanied and led by the owners of these Grands Crus: (re)discover the typical characteristics of the great red wines of the Médoc Terroir and the great liquor wines of Sauternes and Barsac. A unique chance to taste the great wines from the Grands Crus Classés classification of 1855. 

  • Friday 9 September 2016 at 5 p.m.

    Subject : Masterclass in the Grands Crus Classés classification of 1855
    Duration : An hour and a half
    Price : €55/person (entry subject to presentation of ticket). The entry includes the right to enter and taste the wines.
    Number of places available : 40 places
    Languages spoken : French and English.

    At the request of Emperor Napoleon III and within the context of the Paris Universal Exhibition, the drafting of the classification of the Grands Crus was entrusted, by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce, to the "Syndicat des Courtiers de Commerce" (association of trade merchants) of the Bordeaux Stock Exchange. Its mission was to establish an official classification based on the acknowledgement of the quality of the Terroir [soil] of each cru [vintage] and its reputation. Published on 18 April 1855, the Classification was the culminating point of the development of the market that had been going on for over a century.

    Masterclass led by

    • Olivier Salques, Château BOYD- CANTENAC
    • Jacques Guignard, Château LAMOTHE-GUIGNARD
    • Sylvain Boivert, Director of the Committee of the Grands Crus Classés Classification of 1855

    Tastings of :

    Médoc

    • Château de CAMENSAC 2009 – Haut-Médoc – GCC classification of 1855
    • Château BOYD-CANTENAC 2011 – Margaux – GCC classification of 1855
    • Château TALBOT 2011 – Saint-Julien – GCC classification of 1855
    • Château LYNCH BAGES 2011 – Pauillac – GCC classification of 1855
    • Château LAFON-ROCHET 2012 – Saint-Estèphe – GCC classification of 1855

    Sauternes

    • Château NAIRAC 2011 – Barsac – GCC classification of 1855
    • Château LAMOTHE-GUIGNARD 2011 – Sauternes – GCC classification of 1855
  • Saturday 10 September 2016 at 5 p.m.

    Subject : Masterclass in the Graves Grands Crus Classés
    Duration : An hour and a half
    Price : €55/person (entry subject to presentation of ticket). The entry includes the right to enter and taste the wines.
    Number of places available : 40 places
    Languages spoken : French and English.

    Located at the gateway to the city, the domains of the Graves Grands Crus Classés have the peculiarity of having 14 crus classified for their red wines and also for their whites, often described as elegant, balanced wines. Les Grands Crus Classés de Graves, cradle of the Bordeaux winegrowing region, have maintained their tradition of excellence for nearly a millennium. It is this culture of excellence that, in 1953, was honoured and rewarded by a jury of professionals, brought together by the National Institute for Designations of Origin (I.N.A.O.) to establish a classification for these exceptional wines.

    Masterclass led by

    • Hugo Bernard, Domaine de Chevalier (Pessac Léognan)

    Tastings of :

    White wines

    • Château COUHINS-LURTON 2013 (GCC de Graves, AOC Pessac Léognan)
    • Château COUHINS 2013 (GCC de Graves, AOC Pessac Léognan)
    • Château CARBONNIEUX 2013 (GCC de Graves, AOC Pessac Léognan)

    Red wines

    • Château BOUSCAUT 2012 (GCC de Graves, AOC Pessac Léognan)
    • Château DE CHEVALIER 2013 (GCC de Graves, AOC Pessac Léognan)
    • Château LATOUR-MARTILLAC 2012 (GCC de Graves, AOC Pessac Léognan)
    • Château MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE 2012 (GCC de Graves, AOC Pessac Léognan)