In February 2020, the classification system which ranks Bordeaux’s cru bourgeois producers was redrawn. The 14 highest-ranked châteaux are now known as the new Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel estates. On offer today are a limited number of original wooden cases containing one bottle each of all 14 estates from the 2019 vintage. At less than R8,000 per case, this is the epitome of qualitative value in Bordeaux.
It was following the French Revolution when noble lands were divvied up and the estates behind today’s châteaux, owned by the working ”bourgeois”, began to carve out their own spaces in the market. Fast-forward through a murky more recent history, and as of February 2020, the category of Crus Bourgeois du Médoc returns to an official classification with three quality tiers. The classification rewards châteaux over a five-year period and the intention behind it is to give weight to this category of wines which is in fact an integral part of Bordeaux – that is, wines which offer great quality and at reasonable prices.
The 2020 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc comprises 249 châteaux: 14 crus bourgeois exceptionnels, 56 crus bourgeois supérieurs and 179 crus bourgeois. This classification will apply to vintages 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
On offer today are just twenty cases of 2019 vintage crus bourgeois exceptionnels containing a total of 14 bottles: one bottle each of the top 14 châteaux.
Château d’Agassac | Haut-Médoc | 2019 | 90-92 pts. NM
Château Arnauld | Haut-Médoc | 2019 | 90-92 pts. NM
Château Belle-Vue | Haut-Médoc | 2019 | 89-91 pts. AG
Château Cambon la Pelouse | Haut-Médoc | 2019 | 90-92 pts. NM
Château Charmail | Haut-Médoc | 2019 | 91-93 pts. NM
Château de Malleret | Haut-Médoc | 2019 | 89-92 pts. AG
Château du Taillan | Haut-Médoc | 2019 | 88-90 pts. LPB
Château Malescasse | Haut-Médoc | 2019 | 90-92 pts. NM
Château Lestage | Listrac-Médoc | 2019 | 90-92 pts. NM
Château d’Arsac | Margaux | 2019 | 90-92 pts. NM
Château Paveil de Luze | Margaux | 2019 | 92-94 pts. AG
Château Le Boscq | St-Estèphe | 2019 | 91-93 pts. AG
Château Le Crock | St-Estèphe | 2019 | 90-92 pts. NM
Château Lilian Ladouys | St-Estèphe | 2019 | 92-94 pts. NM
NM = Neal Martin for Vinous | AG = Antonio Galloni for Vinous | LPB = Lisa Perotti-Brown for Wine Advocate
Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel 2019 Case
R 7,700 per 14-bottle case
Only 20 cases available
Please note that orders will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. Due to the limited number of cases available, there will not be any available on our website to order. Please e-mail us here or speak directly to your account manager. Thank you.