1855 Classification of Medoc and Sauternes

1855 Classification of Medoc and Sauternes
This is the current list of the wineries classified in 1855, reflecting changes brought about by divisions of original properties and renaming, plus the elevation on 1973 of Château Mouton-Rothschild from the top of the Second Growths to the first.

The name of the winery is followed by its appellation. You’ll see the words Appellation Controlee surrounding the name of the appellation on the label. This helps avoid confusion when there are wines with a similar or identical name. For instance, Ch du Tertre is a Fifth growth chateau in the Margaux appellation, but there is another winery called Ch du Tertre in Bordeaux, in the Fronsac appellation.

Prices and quality generally reflect a wines position on the list.

Several of the wineries named below produce a ‘second’ label for bottles made from young vines and wines not considered of a quality for the first label. Second labels will use a different brand name and these wines are not considered ‘classed growth’ wines although second wines from top wineries are becoming increasingly in demand and their price reflects this.

First Growths
(Premier Crus Classés)

Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac
Château Latour, Pauillac
Château Margaux, Margaux
Château Haut-Brion, Pessac, Graves
Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (since 1973)

Second Growths
(Deuxièmes Crus Classés)

Château Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Château Rauzan-Gassies, Margaux
Château Léoville-Las-Cases, St. Julien
Château Léoville-Poyferré, St. Julien
Château Léoville-Barton, St. Julien
Château Durfort-Vivens, Margaux
Château Lascombes, Margaux
Château Gruaud-Larose, St. Julien
Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Pauillac
Château Pichon Lalande, Pauillac
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Château Cos d'Estournel, St. Estèphe
Château Montrose, St. Estèphe

Third Growths
(Troisièmes Crus Classés)

Château Giscours, Margaux
Château Kirwan, Margaux
Château d'Issan, Margaux
Château Lagrange, St. Julien
Château Langoa-Barton, St. Julien
Château Malescot St. Exupéry, Margaux
Château Cantenac-Brown, Margaux
Château Palmer, Margaux
Château La Lagune, Ludon-Haut-Médoc
Château Desmirail, Margaux
Château Calon-Ségur, St. Estèphe
Château Ferrière, Margaux
Château Marquis d'Alesme-Beker, Margaux
Château Boyd-Cantenac, Margaux

Fourth Growths
Quatrièmes Crus Classés

Château St.Pierre, St. Julien
Château Branaire, St. Julien
Château Talbot, St. Julien
Château Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Château Pouget, Margaux
Château La Tour-Carnet, Haut-Médoc
Château Lafon-Rochet, St. Estèphe
Château Beychevelle, St. Julien
Château Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux
Château Marquis-de-Terme, Margaux

Fifth Growths
(Cinquièmes Crus Classés)

Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Château Batailley, Pauillac
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac
Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac
Château Haut-Batailley, Pauillac
Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Château Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac
Château Dauzac, Labarde-Margaux
Château d'Armailhacq, Pauillac
Château du Tertre, Margaux
Château Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac
Château Pédesclaux, Pauillac
Château Belgrave, St. Médoc
Château de Camensac, Haut-Médoc
Château Cos Labory, St. Estèphe
Château Clerc-Milon-Rothschild, Pauillac
Château Croizet-Bages, Pauillac
Château Cantemerle, Macau-Haut-Médoc

Sauternes (includes Barsac)

Premier Cru Superieur

Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes

Premiers Crus

Chateau Climens, Barsac
Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Bommes
Chateau Coutet, Barsac
Chateau De Suduirat,Preignac
Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes
Chateau La Tour Blanche, Bommes
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Bommes
Chateau Rabaud-Promis, Bommes
Chateau Rayne-Vigneau, Bommes
Chateau Rieussec, Fargues De Langon
Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud, Bommes

Seconds Crus
Chateau Broustet, Barsac
Chateau Caillou, Barsac
Chateau d'Arche, Sauternes
Chateau De Malle, Preignac
Chateau De Nairac, Barsac

Ask questions and talk about wine on our forum.

Peter F May is the author of Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape: Odd Wines from Around the World which features more than 100 wine labels and the stories behind them, and PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa’s Own Wine which tells the story behind the Pinotage wine and grape, also available for the Kindle and Apple iPad.

You Should Also Read:
The Bordeaux Classification
The Wines of Bordeaux
Bordeaux Wine Futures

Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

Content copyright © 2023 by Peter F May. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Peter F May. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Peter F May for details.