Having had just 18 months in 2007 to reinvent themselves, after the previous cru bourgeois system was cancelled, the Alliance des Crus Bourgois du Médoc consider themselves fortunate to have saved the name ‘cru bourgeois’ a term which has positive resonance with consumers.
With the cancellation of the 2003 classification in 2007, the cru bourgeois moniker in Bordeaux was due for extinction, but was saved via a third-party accredited, transparent scheme. Three years on from the introduction of the new system, how are the ‘new’ crus bourgeois being received?
For the 2010 vintage 260 Châteaux were awarded the cru bourgeois label. This is up from 246 properties for the 2009 vintage, and 243 properties in the inaugural awarding of the revamped label for the 2008 vintage.
(aka the jog blog – thanks @thewinebird). Having taken up (very slow) jogging again in the summer of 2012, I thought it might be fun to share some microclimatic observations.
The Alliance des Cru bourgeois announced the list of cru bourgeois for the 2009 vintage at the end of September 2011. Here are the tasting notes of the wines I tasted.
Facts and figures from the 2009 Crus Bourgeois classification
Official Selection 2008 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc.
The list of 243 cru bourgeois wines for the 2008 vintage has been announced. After the debacle of the 2003 classification, crus bourgeois is now an annual award of vintage quality based on a blind tasting in the months before bottling. The 2008 vintage is the first to be announced, under this new system.
Crus Bourgeois 2008 – facts and figures
A new protocol for Bordeaux’s cru bourgeois is announced.