In the 1855 classification of the Médoc, only 61 châteaux were classified into the top five of Cru Classé or ‘Growths’ out of more than 3,000 Bordeaux growers. There was a need for a quality and value rating system, now called ‘Cru Bourgeois’. To qualify, a château must produce wine in one of eight Médoc appellations; Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Listrac, Moulis, Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, and Saint-Estèphe. Unlike the 1855 classification that never changes, the Cru Bourgeois rating is updated yearly. To be included, the production has to be small and the quality approved in a blind tasting by professionals (not producers), and not everyone makes the cut every year. Cru Bourgeois wines are ‘best buys’ when you compare their quality to their price.

2012 Château Cambon La Pelouse Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc 25.00 20.75VS

2015 Château Cap Léon Veyrin Cru Bourgeois Listrac-Médoc 25.00 20.75VS

2012 Château Greysac Cru Bourgeois Médoc 26.00 21.58VS

2015 Château Paveil de Luze Cru Bourgeois Margaux 28.00 23.24VS

2008 Château d’Agassac Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc 30.00 24.90VS

2011 Château Rolland de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc 33.00 27.39VS

2009 Château Malescasse Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc 36.00 29.88VS

2015 Château Mongravey Cru Bourgeois Margaux 39.00 32.37VS

2013 Château Fonbladet Cru Bourgeois Pauillac 45.00 37.35VS

2009 Château La Tour du Mons Cru Bourgeois Margaux 50.00 41.50VS