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2006 St Emilion classification scrapped

The French Court of Appeal has ruled that the 2006 Saint Emilion classification will be scrapped.

The Saint Emilion classification was created in 1954 and is reviewed every 10 years. But the court judged in 2008 that there were irregularities in the tasting process in the 2006 review and that the new 2006 classification should no longer stand. Eight promoted properties appealed this judgement along with the Saint Emilion Wine Board and the INAO.

It's good news though for demoted properties such as Chateau La Marzelle which was declassified in 2006.

The system will remain for the 2009 vintage but a new classification will need to be introduced.