Liv-ex has recently released its updated first growth list and it appears to contain wines from different regions – not just Bordeaux. Burgundy has secured 12 of the 19 placings of new “Premier Cru” on the list.
For Burgundy wine to qualify on the list of first growths a good plot of land is paramount and the soil must be of an outstanding standard.
There are several regions surrounding Bordeaux that have made an appearance in the newly selected First Growths; however Bordeaux naturally still occupies the majority of places.
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and La Tache have been included and have even made the top 2 places. Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Grands Echezeaux and Echezeaux wines come in fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth on the list.
Burgundy appears to have complete control over the list of first growths with the exception of wines like Screaming Eagle being listed in the top 3 – said to be the highest priced wine that is not part of the Burgundy family.
Burgundy dominates the remainder of the list, Armand Rousseau securing 3 places for its Chambertin Clos de Beze, Chambertin and Gevrey – Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques wines.
Burgundy is represented by other wines such as Domaine Comte Georges Vogüé Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, and the Domaine Jacques Prieur Musingy Grand Cru.
Other popular wines of the French regions are Rhône (Château de Beaucastel’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand Cuvée Hommage à Jacques Perrin), and Champagne, with Louis Roederer’s Cristal Rose breaking the required price barrier.
Australia secured two places with Penfolds Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace Shiraz. Spain has made the list with Pingus and Italy has made an appearance with Massetto in the new classification.
The Second Growths list has a variety of names like Chile’s Almaviva bringing them level with other Chateaux such as Montrose and Pichon Baron. Opus One is currently in the second growths list as well but it seems as though it’s heading for the first growths.
La Mission Haut-Brion kept its place among First Growths, following its promotion in 2015. The ranking of the Left Bank wines was identical to their rankings in Wine-Searcher’s list of most expensive Bordeaux wines.
The Right Bank classification has not changed since 2015 for the First Growths, but among the Second Growths, La Mondotte appeared as the second most expensive wine amongst the list, putting it above some of the big names like La Fleur-Petrus and Ausone.
The second wines of the traditional First Growths all kept Second Growth status in the classification, however Château Palmer’s Alter Ego dropped from third to fourth in the list.