Bordeaux owes its distinction as the first AOC vineyard in France to the great diversity of its high quality terroirs. In this wide range of fine wines, there is something to delight all amateurs, for all occasions and in a wide range of prices.
Bordeaux, inaugurates the notion of classification in 1855 under Napoleon III, synonymous with quality and prestige throughout the world. The principle of classified growths perfectly illustrates the synthesis of the typicity of a terroir and the work of men over several generations in the service of quality.
Note that the lack of classification does not prevent an appellation or vintages from being considered great wines! There are several classifications in Gironde, listed in order of seniority: The 1855 classification, The Graves classification, The Saint-Émilion classification, The Crus Bourgeois du Médoc classification, The Crus Artisans classification.