36 chateaux pin their hopes on Crus Artisans

Tuesday May 29 2018 by Vitisphere

“The crus artisans system is not a closed circuit, other Bordeaux appellations can opt in,' said Maxime Saint-Martin on May 18 at the CIVB wine bar.“The crus artisans system is not a closed circuit, other Bordeaux appellations can opt in,' said Maxime Saint-Martin on May 18 at the CIVB wine bar.

"We have to shout from the rooftops that there are still artisans in Bordeaux. The Médoc is also home to small wine farms!" claimed Maxime Saint-Martin, chairman of the Crus Artisans du Médoc, who presented the classification for vintages 2017 to 2021 on May 18. Now issued every five years, the list includes 36 châteaux, representing fewer than 400 hectares of vines and annual production of 2.8 million bottles. This is a drop in the ocean compared to Médoc crus bourgeois numbering 271 châteaux in their latest classification for the 2015 vintage (32 million bottles, accounting for 31% of the area under vine in the Médoc).

"Our classification is modest but is a more integral part of the Bordeaux landscape”, said Maxime Saint-Martin. “Being a cru artisan wine grower implies a commitment and making all the decisions for your wine, from vine to marketing. In fact, the preamble to our specifications states that the “winegrower is the author of his wine”. Wine is a reflection of his personality”, summed up the young winegrower during a tasting at the Bordeaux wine marketing board’s wine bar.

Promotion

The crus artisans are the only classification in the Médoc that focuses more on human input than on huge companies”, added Alain Capdevielle, owner of Château Dacher de Delmonte (3 ha in Listrac-Médoc, of which he is mayor). As one of the eight new properties classed as cru artisan, he believes in strength in numbers when it comes to promoting small properties. “In the competitive jungle of the marketplace it is essential to identify crus artisans “, stressed the former Médoc MP Pascale Got, who supported the launch of the classification scheme. Her successor, MP Benoît Simian, continues to champion it.

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