The Conseil des Grands Crus Classés 1855 presents its finest wines to the Indian market
The Conseil des Grands Crus Classés 1855 (Médoc-Sauternes), Bordeaux, showcases their finest wines in Bangalore and Hyderabad under the aegis of the pan-India event Bonjour India 2017-2018.
In an initiative to bridge the gap between France’s best producers of wine and those in India who enjoy wine, the Consulate General of France presents the finest collection offered by the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés 1855 (Médoc-Sauternes), Bordeaux.
Showcasing and wine tasting sessions of these wines will be organised in Bangalore and Hyderabad under the aegis of the pan-India event Bonjour India 2017-2018.
In Bangalore the event will be hosted by hotel Taj West End bringing together the connoisseurs of the food and hospitality industry on Tuesday, February 6. Representatives of the wine makers of the various wines presented on this occasion will explain the flavours of the different wines, which can be married to both India and international cuisines.
Meanwhile in Hyderabad, the wine tasting session is reserved to an exclusive gathering of experts as well as officials from the government of Telangana at the majestic Taj Falaknuma on Wednesday, 7th February, as we seize this occasion to highlight once again the sister-city cooperation between this Indian city and the French city of Bordeaux.
Conseil des Grands Crus Classés 1855
The early 19th century was the golden age: production doubled, exports tripled, and the English love affair with Bordeaux was back on track.
The classification, known by wine lovers around the world, was published on April 18, 1855 at the request of Emperor Napoléan III on the occasion of the Universal Exposition in Paris. At the same time quality of wines were also improved with this classification system.
The principle of the crus classés (“classified growths”) perfectly illustrates the synthesis of a terroir’s typical characteristics and dedicated human intervention over many generations to ensure quality.
It should be emphasized that a wine or appellation can still be outstanding even if it is not a part of these classifications!
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
The 1855 Classification of Médoc and Sauternes wines holds a unique place in the history of wine. Not only because it was the first, but because it is the most enduring. This famous ranking was designed to be the basis for a display that would demonstrate to visitors—who could not actually taste the wines—the superior quality represented by Bordeaux’s best production.
Although it is a veritable monument of the wine world, the 1855 Classification is not frozen in time. Its members take their commitment to its high standards very seriously, carrying out extensive research to further improve their already superlative wines, adopting the most modern techniques and rigorously reevaluating their properties on a regular basis. Thanks to their efforts, the Classification remains to this day the ultimate reference for Bordeaux enthusiasts worldwide.
And they bring with them an array of red and white wines from sweet white wines of Château Rayne-Vigneau (classified premier cru classé), white wines of Château Doisy-Daëne (second cru classé) and red wines of Château Lascombes (second cru classé), red wines of Château Desmirail and of Château Langoa-Barton (both troisième crus classés) and red wines of Château Cantemerle (cinquième cru classé).