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The new classification in Saint Emilion challenged by chateau owner

After much anguish and agony the new classification in Saint Emilionhas been unveiled. But will it stick? This time? It was already overturned four times – or was it seven? – in courts and in parliament in earlier versions. Pierre Carle at Chateau Croque Michotte says it is illegal and invalid. He points to a number of strange aspects of how the classification has been done to support his claim.

Some of the things he points to are indeed very curious and makes you wonder how they could in any way affect the quality of a wine (e.g. if the chateau has conference facilities). On the other hand, the question is very political and has far reaching financial implications and many have very big vested interests in making the classification stick. So it is doubtful if the protests will lead anywhere. Read more on The (still) very strange story of the Saint Emilion classification

Chateau Cheval Blanc, its vineyard and a road, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

Chateau Cheval Blanc, its vineyard and a road, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux , copyright BKWine Photography

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