What is a “First Growth” classification?
Let’s start by confirming the definition of “First Growth” wine. The term ‘First Growth’ was referred to wines from Bordeaux, France, where the region’s ultimate classification of ‘Premier Grand Cru’ was given to wines of a high standard and a long lasting track record.
“First Growth” is therefore a classification by which a country’s best wine estates are determined. There are a few factors that are considered when determining whether a wine estate has earned First Growth status. It can be based on the concept of terroir, which has to do with the soil, aspect, altitude and climate (all the natural conditions that influence the vine) and also a consistently good performance of that wine over time.
Different wine experts or journalists may have different lists for what they deem to be First Growths. In South Africa, Tim Atkin has compiled such a list and so without further ado, here is the full list of Tim Atkin’s First Growth Classification – wines which your cellar simply cannot be without.
The full list of South African First Growths by Tim Atkin:
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