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1. Supporting items Applications must have the following supporting items: – A list of the land plots that make up the estate today with a list of the modifications, which may have taken place in the last ten years, as well as a description of the terroirs concerned – An undertaking not to change the delimitation of the land occupied by the vineyards from which the wines presented with the name of the classified cru come from, in the coming ten years without a reasoned request to this effect having been agreed to by the National Committee on AOCs of wines and alcoholic beverages, and brandies within INAO – Any proof demonstrating the reputation of the estate, the way the wines are distributed, the sale prices observed and quotations, the press kit, promotional campaigns, activities connected with wine tourism, enhancement of the site and accessibility for the general public to the estate’s facilities – The volumes produced or sold of wines bearing the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Appellation with a name connected to the estate – Technical factors, including a description of the winery, cultivation methods and environmental measures on the estate – A cheque to the amount of the administrative fees with the name of the INAO accountant as payee. Article 5 Requirements for applications to be taken into account The application must include at least the items listed in Article 4. The estates for which an application has been made must also meet the following conditions: – To have regularly used the name of the cru for which classification is requested: for the last ten years in the case of application for GCC status and for the last fifteen years in the case of applications for Premier GCC status. This may only be waived after a reasoned request to this effect has been agreed to by the National Committee on AOCs of wines and alcoholic beverages, and brandies within INAO – To have produced during these periods at least an average of 50% of the wines from the plot(s) of land identified in the supporting documents of the application, for sale with the name of the cru for which classification is requested – To have a winery that is used exclusively for making and maturing the wines from the plot(s) of land identified in the supporting documents of the application – To bottle the wines on the estate Compliance with these conditions is checked by INAO departments. If these departments consider that the conditions have not been met, they inform the applicants, who have one month following their reception of the letter from INAO to respond with their observations or add items in support of their application. When this period is up, INAO’s decision is notified to them. Article 6 Examination of applications The commission has at its disposal the applications, supporting items and wine samples of the applicants. These samples are held under INAO’s responsibility in secure, air-conditioned premises.
2. It is left to the discretion of the Commission to select from the vintages that have been sampled, but this selection is identical for all applicants and cannot exceed the last ten years for GCC applications and the last fifteen years for Premier GCC candidates. All the vintages sampled are available in bottles at the estates. The Commission reserves the right to check that samples are traceable, and in particular by carrying out analyses on samples from points of sale. It may ask INAO, the Defence and Management Organisation (ODG), the applicant or any other concerned party for any information it deems necessary. The Commission calculates the score attributed to applications using the following criteria and weights: For GCC status: 1. Level of quality and consistency of the wines as evaluated by tasting the samples (50% of the final score) 2. Reputation assessed with regard to national and international recognition of the wine of the estate, to estate enhancement, to promotion and the channels of distribution (20% of the final score) 3. Description of the estate in terms of the plots of land that make it up, the uniformity of the unit(s) cultivated and topographical, geological and soil analyses (20% of the final score) 4. Estate management in terms of winegrowing and winemaking practices as evaluated by taking into account the grape varieties used, how the vineyard is organised and managed, how batches from different plots are traced during vinification and the conditions in which the wines are made and aged (10% of the final score) All applications achieving final scores of 14 out of 20 or higher are submitted for GCC status. For Premier GCC status: 1. Level of quality and consistency of the wines as evaluated from the tasting results and assessment of their ageing potential (30% of the final score) 2. Reputation assessed with regard to national and international recognition of the wine of the estate, and to outstanding estate enhancement (35% of the final score) 3. Description of the estate in terms of the plots of land that make it up, the uniformity of the unit(s) cultivated and topographical, geological and soil analyses (30% of the final score) 4. Estate management in terms of winegrowing and winemaking practices as evaluated by taking into account the grape varieties used, how the vineyard is organised and managed, how batches from different plots are traced during vinification and the conditions in which the wines are made and aged (5% of the final score). All applications achieving final scores of 16 out of 20 or higher are submitted for Premier GCC status. The commission may award distinctions (A and B) to wines submitted for Premier GCC status in view of their reputation and ageing potential. This Commission will enlist the support of one or several third party independent bodies, respectively responsible for organising the tasting of sampled wines and for assisting the Commission, when requested, to carry out documentary checks and verifications on the estates’ premises. This/these third party body(ies) are duly appointed by the Director of INAO. This/these body(ies) carry out their tasks in partnership with INAO departments. The wines are tasted by a panel of expert tasters appointed by the third party body responsible for organising tasting. Article 7 Notification of results and appeal The Classification Commission’s proposals mentioned in Article 2 above are sent to the applicants by the services of INAO. Applicants have a period of fifteen days following notification to request reexamination of their application; the wines involved are however not tasted again. Applicants may request an appointment with the Commission. The Classification Commission takes a decision within forty-five days of receiving a request for reexamination.
3. Price at time of going to press (not auction
4, 5, 6. Nov 2012
7. Date tasted | Jan, 2010
8. Date tasted: 15/02/2012
9. July, 2011
10. Date tasted: 08/02/2012
11. Date tasted: 06/02/2012
12, 14. Date tasted | Feb, 2009
13. It was most likely that that the impetus and inspiration for their development came from Robert Mondavi and coincidentally he brought this over from Cheval Blanc's neighbour Château Figeac.
15. Date tasted: 04/04/2012