Bordeaux First Growths: A True Trophy Wine For Wine Collectors

Today, all of these Chateaux are making great wines in all vintages.  Are they making the best wine in all of Bordeaux?  Probably not each and every year, but over a string of vintages, arguably yes.  Are their wines twice as good as those that cost half?  Probably not.

First Growths still carry an element of prestige that people want to own.  They are a luxury good like a yacht or fine jewelry.  The wines of Chateau Lafite have become a darling of the emerging Chinese market resulting in skyrocketing prices especially for older bottles.  

In the following parts of this series, the five First Growths and Chateau d’Yquem will be discussed individually.  The sweet wines of Bordeaux were also classified in 1855.  While nine sweet wines received First Growth status, one wine, Chateau d’Yquem was granted Premier Cru Superieur classification.  In the meantime, if you get the chance to sample one of these First Growth wines, consider yourself blessed.  I would love to know what you think.

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For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.