Ask The Wine Ladies- What was the 1855 Classification in France?


My husband and I regularly enjoy a glass or two of wine with our meals with our favourites usually coming from either Australia or California. We never really got into French wines but just recently attended a tasting featuring a couple of wines from Bordeaux and absolutely loved them!
There was one in particular that we both really enjoyed and was within our budget. The name of the wine was Chåteau Larose Trintaudon, Cru Bourgeois.  We purchased a couple of bottles to bring to an up coming dinner party and would like to know a little more about this wine including what Cru Bourgeois means? Perhaps a few words on the region of Bordeaux as well. Thanks Wine Ladies.

– Elizabeth


Welcome to the world of French wines and to one of the most famous wine regions in the world, considered by many to be the greatest region for producing fine wines. Still till today the wines of Bordeaux are also seen as “benchmark” wines for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines being made around the globe.

Here is a little basic information on the region to start.  Bordeaux is located in the southwest of France and is actually a very large wine growing region, which produces over 900 million bottles annually. The Gironde River basically divides the region, with the chateaux on the left side referred to as the “Left Bank” producing wines predominantly with the grape Cabernet Sauvignon, and those on the right, or Right Bank with a focus on Merlot. The Chåteau Larose Trintaudon you enjoyed comes from the Left Bank.  Bordeaux produces both white and red wines with the majority – 90% being red.

Unlike the new world wine regions that state the grape, whether a Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet etc…on the label, the wines of Bordeaux do not. Bordeaux wines are typically blends which for the red can include any or all of the following; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, used much less today than in the past. One of the pivotal times in the history of Bordeaux and her wines was the famous 1855 Classification of the wines, a ranking system initiated by Emperor Napoleon the 3rd which still influences today’s market. A total of 58 Chateau were selected, four 1st Growths such as Chåteau Lafite Rothschild and Chåteau Margaux. The list included 12 seconds, 14 thirds, 11 fourths and 17 fifths. It is an interesting story how this all came about, should you decide to delve into it a little further.

Of course there are so many incredible Bordeaux wines to explore and enjoy, wines of suburb quality and at great value including the one you mentioned that we too were very impressed with, Chåteau Larose Trintaudon. The origins of this domain go as far back as 1719 but it was in 1817 that the vineyard was first planted on a gravelly hillside with a terroir that proved to be exceptional for the Bordeaux varietals. Today Chåteau Larose Trintaudon is one of the largest vineyards in the Medoc both in size and production and is recogn ized in the world over as a top quality Cru Bourgeois. The Chåteau was also one of the very first to earn this recognition to be classed as a Cru Bourgeois in 1932 of which the company is very proud. Chåteau Larose Trintaudon also owners of Chåteau Larose Perganson and Arnaud are one of the pioneers in Bordeaux in terms of practicing sustainability and have been credited with the highest evaluation in sustainability and earned the label “Responsible Vineyard” as one of the leaders in France.

Our appreciation and enjoyment of the wines Chåteau Larose Trintaudon and the Perganson has lead us to invite the Winemaker and CEO of the company Franck Bijon, from Bordeaux to join us here and lead a spectacular Winemakers Dinner. We invite you to join us on February 22nd for what will be an incredible four-course dinner created by Chopped Canada winner Executive Chef JohnRoss Woodland of Noble Bistro. Featuring these fabulous wines and a quintessentially French pastry the macaron, both sweet and savoury,this will be an evening to remember. For more details visit

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Winemakers Dinner Bordeaux

SAVE THE DATE!!! Winemakers Dinner. Vivre à Bordeaux! Et Plus! Presented by The Wine Ladies, Château Larose Trintaudon and Noble Bistro.

Winemakers Dinner

Vivre à Bordeaux! Et Plus!

Presented by The Wine Ladies, Château Larose Trintaudon and Noble Bistro.

We are hosting a Winemakers Dinner at Noble Bistro on February 22nd, 2017 featuring wines from the Bordeaux region.This extraordinary wine region still today considered by many the most important wine region in the world and remains the benchmark globally for winemakers.

Wines featured that evening will be from three stunning wineries from Bordeaux, Château Larose Trintaudon, Château Arnauld and Château Larose Pergason, dating back to 1719.

Meet Franck Bijon from Bordeaux,Technical Director and CEO of Château Larose Trintaudon who will lead you through the history of the region, the stories of the three Château being featured and a dynamic wine tasting.

Château Larose-Trintaudon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
VINTAGES#: 297945 | 750 mL bottle

$24.95 per bottle

Vintages release date Jan 21st, 2017

Enjoy the amazing cuisine of Chopped Canada TV winner and Executive Chef JohnRoss Woodland, of Noble Bistro in Oakville. Opened just in May 2016, this chef and his culinary team are packing the house night after night.

Noble Bistro Bordeaux Winemakers Dinner video


Sweet and savoury macarons provided by RepChampion Canada.

We will turn our focus to a French gastronomic delicacy that over the last few years has been trending big time in North America and that is the famous French macaron! With a rich history this sweet and now savoury pastry is dominating upper scale restaurant menus, bakeries and even cooking school courses!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
7:00pm arrival, dinner 7:30pm

Noble Bistro

218 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

$100 per person
4 course dinner and wine pairing
includes all food, wine, taxes and gratuities
featured in the Noble Chamber
seating is limited

Please R.S.V.P. by Feb 20th,2017 to or call 289-837-3108

Coming up next, Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, The Wine Ladies Radio Show…Vivre à Bordeaux! Et Plus!

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Bordeaux still until today defines the finest red wine in the world and for many winemakers whether in California, Italy or Spain in the old world or Chile, Argentina or California in the new, it is the benchmark. World renown is the famous 1855 Classification where upon the Emperor Napoleon the 3rd, wanted to display the best wines of Bordeaux at the Universelle de Paris Exposition, or The World’s Fair in today’s terms and so requested of the Bordeaux brokers to make a list of the highest quality properties.

 From this, the 1855 Classification remains today with just a few changes, famous names Château Lafite, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Haut Brion and Château Mouton Rothschild are recognized around the globe.  But what of the many other incredible wineries, Bordeaux is a large wine region, with so much to offer, with many wineries that produce delectable, elegant powerful superb wines and at great value?

 So on this show we introduce you to one such winery, located on the left bank in the Medoc, with the largest vineyard and largest producer of wine in this region, this brand, a beautiful award winning wine, is Château Larose Trintaudon which we will explore with our first guest.

Franck Bijon, the Technical Director and CEO of Château Larose Trintaudon

Franck Bijon, the Technical Director and CEO of Château Larose Trintaudon

We’d like to welcome Franck Bijon, the Technical Director and CEO of Château Larose Trintaudon to share the story of this winery and a little about the importance and romance of the historical wine region of Bordeaux.

Château Larose-Trintaudon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
VINTAGES#: 297945 | 750 mL bottle 

$24.95 per bottle

Vintages release date Jan 21st, 2017

French treat than Moroccan-Canadian Kaoutsar “Katsy” Entifi from RepChampion Canada

Moroccan-Canadian Kaoutsar “Katsy” Entifi from RepChampion Canada

Macarons have been all rage in last couple of years! The rise of macaron dates as far back as the Revolutionary France during the 1700s. Legend has it that French nuns baked and sold these during difficult times to help them pay for day-to-day essentials. It’s also believed that macarons had a much more humble beginning, having started out with no filings or the array of unique flavours that we’ve come to associate them with. We’ve all tasted the notoriously sweet and airy macarons that come in the usual flavours of chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and lemon. But today is different- today we get introduced to the beauty of savoury macarons, orange & cumin, goat cheese and figs and onions, olive tapenade, Porcini mushrooms to name a few. 

And who better to discuss the lesser-known French treat than Moroccan-Canadian Kaoutsar “Katsy” Entifi from RepChampion Canada. Katsy imports only the most delicious, difficult-to-acquire goods from France Originelle, and is making the Greater Toronto Area the latest new home for savoury macarons.

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill macarons. France Originelle’s goods are hand-made in France and are only made using the highest quality, freshest ingredients. You can taste the French pride in these macarons, and it’s no wonder why they’re used in many of France’s most prestigious sporting events. Their gourmet savoury macarons have even won Le Trophée de la Gastronomy, one of France’s highest distinctions.

We explore the pairing of wine with the macarons and more. What a unique and interesting spin! These macarons are available to purchase on line and make a beautiful gift too.

Chef JohnRoss is the chef and co owner at Noble Bistro located in beautiful downtown Oakville f

Chef JohnRoss is the chef and co owner at Noble Bistro located in beautiful downtown Oakville   And what about the food!!! Our go-to chef for tips for unique and delish dishes.. the winner of CHOPPED Canada on Food Network Canada JohnRoss Woodland. He will be joining us and Chef JohnRoss is the chef and co owner at Noble Bistro located in beautiful downtown Oakville for chef inspired farm to table inspired cuisine.

SAVE THE DATE… WINEMAKER’S DINNER FEB 22, 2017. Stay tuned for details!