Other districts in Bordeaux have followed suit with their own classification systems. All of them focus on the producer.
The INAO (Institut National des Appellations d'Origine, the group in charge of the French AC regulations) classified the region's top châteaus and their wines in 1953 and then again in 1959. Since then, the ranking has not been updated.
The wines are produced by 16 châteaus, which can also be called "growths." The classification is not hierarchical, so all the growths are on the same level. In other words, there are no first-growths or second-growths, etc.
The top châteaus produce 13 reds and 9 whites that can display "Cru Classé" on their labels.
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