The Bordeaux wine classification of St Emilion was today (30 March) suspended by the Bordeaux Administrative Tribunal.
"The suspension was based primarily on the fact that of 95 chateaux involved, only seven were visited," said Philippe Thevenin, lawyer for the four chateaux who had yesterday demanded an immediate suspension.
The St Emilion classification is reviewed every ten years and the tribunal judged that in a competition of this kind, it was discriminatory to not visit all the chateaux involved.
The tribunal will speed up the original application for a complete annulment of the classification review, the results of which were announced last September.
A final decision is expected in five to six months.