The Crus Artisans Classification (Médoc)

The classification of Crus Artisans is a classification specific to the red wines of the Médoc area (left bank of Bordeaux). All the appellations of the Médoc can be represented, including the prestigious communal appellations of Margaux, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac (the only one with no members for the moment), Saint-Julien, or Listrac and Moulis.

The definition of Crus Artisans has evolved over the years to become “a grouping of small and medium-sized autonomous vineyards, where the chief operating officer (the owner of the vineyards) actually participates in the management of his vineyard, produces AOC wines and markets his production bottled at the castle”. (source: official website of the Crus Artisans). To be a Cru Artisan is therefore working from “A to Z “in its property, from the viticulture to the trade part through the vinification. Real “Swiss knives” but in the Médoc!

Today, Cru Artisan’s label brings together some 40 properties. The classification is reviewed every 5 years to verify the continuity plus the implementation of the charter and quality criteria.

The actual list of Crus Artisans is just below. The domains are classified according to their appellations and then in the alphabetical order. The new classification will be organised in 2022. 

Crus Artisans' members

Appellation Médoc: 

Château Andron 

Château Bejac Romelys

Château Gadet Terrefort

Château Garance Haut Grenat

Château Haut Brisey

Château Haut Couloumey

Château Haut-Blaignan

Château Haut-Gravat

Château La Tessonière

Château Les Graves de Loirac

Château Vieux Gadet

 

Appellation Haut-Médoc:

Château d’Osmond

Château de Coudot

Château de Lauga

Château du Hâ

Château Grand Brun 

Château Lamongeau

Château Le Bouscat

Château Micalet

Château Moutte Blanc

Château Pey Mallet

Château Tour Bel Air

Château Tour du Goua

Château Viallet Nouhant

Château Vieux Gabarey

Domaine Grand Lafont 

Appellation Listrac

Château Dacher de Delmonte

Appellation Margaux: 

Château des Graviers

Château Les baraillots

Château Moutte Blanc

Clos de Bigos  

 

Appellation Moulis

Château Lagorce-Bernadas

Appellation Saint-Estephe

Château Graves de Pez

Château Linot

Château Marceline

Appellation Saint-Julien

Château La Fleur-Lauga 

My articles about the Crus Artisans

My personal view about the Crus Artisans

In a region where the vineyard land reaches peaks, I find that the dimension offered by the Crus Artisans is simply brilliant !

These owners who do everything from A to Z could easily be won by the proposals of conglomerates to sell their vines.

But they continue and what keeps them going is their passion for wine. In this sense they have for me a capital sympathy and respect of 100% ! And the wines they produce offer very good value for money! I have many of them in my cellar, and in the different appellations of the Médoc.

Do not hesitate to visit them, the Médoc offers different facets, and the Artisans Crus, which we talk too little about, are definitely part of it!

To go to the official website of the Crus Artisans just click-here.

Xavier LACOMBE