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.
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
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
Pronunciation Of Deuxièmes Crus Second-Growths Of 1855 Bordeaux
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
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