Pronunciation Of Bordeaux 1855 Reds – First, Second & Third Crus

The Official 1855 Classification: Pronunciation Reds

Each wine estate in this list of the official 1855 Bordeaux Wine Classifications consists of an audio pronunciation of how the wine sounds in French, and phonetic spelling which you can use to reach a happy medium between your accent and the correct pronunciation.

I’ve included the name of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (please click on the link for pronunciation, as well as how the AOC laws work, and their hierarchy in France as well as the other equivalent wine designations e.g. DOCG in Italy).

The Appellation is integral to the value and importance of the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, so providing one without the other is a doing only half the job.

Where the name of the wine contains a link, it will take you to the official website for that wine.

There were some estates I could not find a homepage for – if you know the link, I’d be very grateful for your assistance in identifying it.

I personally checked the names of the 1855 Bordeaux by calling each estate – a time consuming, but worthwhile exercise. There is no point in my giving you a list of how to pronounce the 1855 Reds if I can’t guarantee correctness.

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To keep it simple, we are not repeating Château in the audio and phonetic spelling. You will hear the name of the wine, followed by the AOC (growing area). I’m giving you the phonetic spelling of the AOC just once, for reference purposes.

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1855 Bordeaux Premiers Crus Pronunciation

Premiers Crus means ‘First-Growths’ pr[e]:myay krew

 

Château Lafite Rothschild. Note that in French, Rothschild is pronounced differently – the main reason for this is that there is no ‘th’ sound in the French language, also the ‘i’ is longer than than ours  lah:feet roht:shield 

Pauillac poh:yahk

 

Château Latour lah:toor  Pauillac 

 

Château Margaux mahr:goh  Margaux

 

Château Haut-Brion oh:bree:oh~  Pessac Leognan, Graves peh:sahk leh:oh:nya~ grahv (not like ‘graves’ in English!)

 

Château Mouton-Rothschild moo:toh~ roht:shield (became a Premier Cru in 1973) Pauillac

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Pronunciation Of Deuxièmes Crus Second-Growths Of 1855 Bordeaux

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Deuxième Crus means ‘second growths’ dø:zyehm krew 

 

Château Rauzan-Ségla roh:zah~ say:glah  Margaux

 

Château Rauzan-Gassies roh:zah~ gah:see Margaux

 

Château Léoville Las Cases lay:oh:veel lahz kahz St.Julien sa~zhew:lya~ 

 

Château Léoville Poyferré lay;oh:veel poy:f[e]:ray St.Julien  

 

Château Léoville Barton lay:oh:veel bahr:toh~ St.Julien

 

Château Durfort-Vivens dewr:fohr vee:vah~ Margaux

 

Château Gruaud-Larose grew:oh lah:rohz St.Julien

 

Château Lascombes lahs:koh~b  Margaux

 

Château Brane-Cantenac brahn kah~t[e]:nahk Margaux

 

Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron pee:shoh~ long:veel bah:roh~ Pauillac

 

Château Pichon Longueville pee:shoh~ long:veel Pauillac

 

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou dew:krew boh:kai:yoo St.Julien

 

Château Cos-d’Estournel koh dehs;toor:nel St.Estèphe sa~ eh:stef  

 

Château Montrose moh~t:rohz St.Estèphe

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Pronunciation Of Troisièmes Crus Of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Troisèmes Crus means ‘Third- Growths’ trwah:syehm krew 

 

Château Kirwan keer:wah~ Margaux

 

Château d’Issan dee:sah~ Margaux

 

Château Lagrange lah:grah~zh St.Julien

 

Château Langoa Barton lah~:goah bahr:toh~ St.Julien

 

Château Giscours zhees:koor Margaux

 

Château Malescot-St.Exupéry mah:leh:skoh sa~ek:s’ew:peh:ree Margaux

 

Château Cantenac-Brown kah~:t[e]:nahk brown Margaux

 

Château Boyd-Cantenac  boeed kah~:t[e]:nahk (English speakers can pronounce ‘Boyd’ as in English because here it’s more a question of accent than phonetic correctiness, the more correct French is given) Margaux

 

Château Palmer Cantenac pahl:mehr kah~:t[e]:nahk (I suggest English speakers pronounce ‘Palmer’ along the lines of the French pronunciation. It’s notably different to the English phonetics – if you knew this wine, this is how you would pronounce it) Margaux

 

Château La Lagune lah lah:gewn Haut-Médoc oh may:dohk 

 

Château Desmirail dez:mee:rye Margaux

 

Château Calon-Ségur  kah:loh~ say:gewr St.Estèphe (website not found) 

 

Château Ferrière feh:ryehr Margaux

 

Château Marquis-d’Alesme mahr:kee dah:lezm Margaux

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