Its official Classification (Appellation d’Controlee) dates back to 1855 at Napoleon 3rd’s request. Wines are split into classifications which range from first to fifth growths (the first growths being the most sought after). Regulating the maximum allocation of wine produced annually by each chateau, creates a supply and demand market. The influence of this region on the wine market as a whole remains huge, and without which the booming market we see today just would not exist. The entire region is accredited with some of the most sought after and high performing wines in history, and is the cornerstone of any savvy wine investor’s portfolio.