The application for the classification of Valandraud is finally ready and will be submitted before the end month to the office of the INAO in Bordeaux.
If I believe the gossip, 120 applications are being submitted, I find this number of applicants realistic. The hill of a thousand crus, Saint Emilion and its 5500 hectares of vines should be able to include in their classification less than 20% of the properties. This will still not be enough to equal the commercial and political power of our fine neighbors in the Medoc with their simple 1855 classification.
But if this classification goes well, it could be a big PR boost for Saint Emilion. The wise men from Pomerol must think we are crazy as they doing quite well without any classification but just their usual price system!