Cheval Blanc and Ausone withdraw from the Saint-Émilion classification
Château Cheval Blanc and Château Ausone have not submitted an application for the 2022 Saint-Emilion classification Two First Great Growths classified A in the Saint-Emilion classification have chosen not to apply for the 2022 classification. Château Cheval Blanc and Château Ausone will therefore not be part of the next classification.
The director and technical director of Cheval Blanc, Pierre Lurton and Pierre-Olivier Clouet, justified this « heavy decision for the estate » by the fact that they « do not find themselves in the criteria of this classification ». « The evaluation grid is too far removed from what seems fundamental to us: the terroir, the wine, the history. Other secondary elements have taken on too much importance in the final score. However, the directors of Cheval Blanc intend to « remain the first ambassadors of the Saint-Emilion vineyard.
At Château Ausone, they acknowledge that they have had « reservations about this classification for a long time ». « The terroir and tasting part was too small compared to the reception or social networks, but for a wine like Ausone, it is fundamental, » explains Pauline Vauthier, who runs the estate. « This classification states that we should only judge wines over the last fifteen years, but it is over a much longer period of time that we should judge great wines.