Classification: Elsewhere

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Few other regions of France have anything approaching an official classification, although see alsace for a list of those vineyards accorded grand cru status, chablis for details of crus in this northern outpost of Burgundy, and champagne for some details of the classification of individual villages there.

There have been attempts, typically by wine writers, wine waiters, or producers’ associations to produce classifications of the best vineyards, or best wines, of many countries, notably Germany (see grosse lage) and Italy (see veronelli), but these have generally been too controversial to be widely adopted. With the exception of the douro, where individual vineyards have been classified for the quality of port they produce, the wine regions of Portugal and Spain are in too great a state of flux to submit satisfactorily to classification, like those of eastern Europe and the rest of the Mediterranean.