Bordeaux 2008 en primeur - Saint-Emilion Grands Crus Classés

A successful year for Saint-Emilion, with deep colours, flattering aromas, suave texture, ripe tannins and marked acidity. The wines are both seductively fruity and structured for ageing. Despite the late harvesting (some producers finished early November!) there's little overripeness and few have made the mistake of over-extraction. The pick of the vintage comes from clay-limestone and gravely soils, notably at the high achieving end of the spectrum. Stylistically there isn't the power and punch of 2005 and 1998 but the quality is not far off. Some of the charm of the better 2001s can be perceived, otherwise it's a difficult call. The imprint of Saint-Emilion's various terroirs is clearly evident. James Lawther MW.


(Note: this section includes those wines promoted/demoted in the now aborted 2006 classification)

Wine name Producer Country Region Vintage

Chateau Angelus, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Angelus France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Ausone France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Balestard la Tonnelle, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Beausejour (Duffau), 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Beausejour-Duffau-Lagarrosse France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Belair-Monange, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Belair France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Bellefont-Belcier France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Berliquet, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Cadet-Piola, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Canon [Saint-Emilion Grand Cru] N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Cap de Mourlin, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Chauvin, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Cheval Blanc, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Cheval Blanc N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Corbin Michotte, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Corbin, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Dassault, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Destieux, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Destieux France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Figeac France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Fleur Cardinale, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Fleur Cardinale France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Fonplegade, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Fonroque, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Franc Mayne, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Franc-Mayne N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Grand-Corbin-Despagne, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Grand Corbin-Despagne France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Grand-Mayne, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Grand-Pontet, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Haut-Corbin, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Haut-Sarpe, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau la Clotte, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau la Couspaude, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau la Dominique, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau la Gaffeliere, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau La Gaffeliere N/A N/A 2008

Chateau la Serre, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau la Tour Figeac, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau La Tour-Figeac N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Laniote, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Larcis-Ducasse, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Larmande, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Laroque, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Laroze, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau l'Arrosee, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau le Prieure, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Magdelaine, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Matras, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Monbousquet, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Monbousquet France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Pavie, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Pavie N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Pavie-Decesse, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Pavie-Decesse N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Pavie-Macquin, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Pavie-Macquin France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Ripeau, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Soutard, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Soutard N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Troplong-Mondot, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Troplong-Mondot France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Trottevieille, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Clos de l'Oratoire, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Clos des Jacobins, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Couvent des Jacobins, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Clos Fourtet, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Clos Fourtet France Bordeaux 2008

Clos Saint-Martin, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Bellevue, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Cadet-Bon, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau les Grandes Murailles, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Villemaurine, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau La Marzelle, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau La Marzelle N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Petit-Faurie-de-Soutard N/A N/A 2008

Chateau la Tour du Pin, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac Moueix France Bordeaux 2008

Chateau Bergat, Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Guadet (Saint-Julien), Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Guadet France Bordeaux 2008