Old World Wine Classifications
A tour through the Bordeaux region is a great way to learn about Old World wine classifications while enjoying some of the best wines France has to offer. Saint-Émilion, which lies on the right bank of the Gironde River, maybe the oldest active wine-producing appellation in the Bordeaux region. It is also the most beautiful and charming. Once a much smaller appellation it is now one of the largest wine producers with over 5,565 hectares, with most of that being Grand Cru classified vineyards. Higher classifications include Grand Cru Classé and Premier Grand Crus Classé. Only red wine varieties qualify for the appellation. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the predominant varietals from this area and make up some of the most prestigious and expensive wines in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot are often in Bordeaux blended wines.