Two requests for the lifting of the current suspension of the St Emilion classification have been rejected by a Bordeaux court.

The Administrative Tribunal of Bordeaux ruled today (13 April) that the first request for the lifting of the suspension, by the St Emilion winegrowers union (Syndicat Viticole de Saint Emilion), was inadmissible.

The second request, by a group of 26 St Emilion chateaux, was also rejected on the grounds that it was ill-founded.

The decision means the classification will remain suspended until the Tribunal makes a final decision, which could take up to a year.

"We are disappointed," said Emmanuelle Ponsan Dantin of the St Emilion union. "Now we must think things through with our lawyers and work out the next step."