The Saint-Emilion Wine Classification is regularly reviewed, generally every ten years, which is unique in France.
This classification dates back to 1955 whereas the Médoc classification dates back to 1855.
Château La Marzelle was included in the rankings of the Saint-Emilion elite as from the classification's first edition.
The latest classification in 2012 reconfirmed La Marzelle's place as one of the 64 Grands Crus Classés of Saint-Emilion.
It also confirmed 18 Premiers Grands Crus Classés, 4 of which are Premiers Grands Crus Classés A.
This classification requires domaines to be exemplary as they act as the showcase for Saint-Emilion.
This has been the objective at La Marzelle since the Sioen family took over in 1998.
In 1999, Saint-Emilion was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites as a cultural landscape.
This is a distinct honour and the first time that a viticultural landscape has been entered on the prestigious Unesco list.
This honour means that is essential for everyone to respect and improve their own environment, to cultivate it to the best of their abilities and to portray the highest image of Saint-Emilion, both here and throughout the world, through the production of ever-improving wines.
Château La Marzelle fits into this approach perfectly by adopting the healthiest growing practices based on an organic philosophy, restoring its buildings in keeping with the environment and promoting the "Saint-Emilion" brand throughout the world and particularly in Belgium where La Marzelle has become a benchmark Grand Cru Classé wines.
The Saint-Emilion Jurade was established in 1199 when Aquitaine was under English rule. Its purpose was to monitor and guarantee the quality of wines from Saint-Emilion.
It has continued to fulfil its purpose right up to the present day and flies the flag for Saint-Emilion throughout the world.
120 Jurats wearing red "toques" (traditional hats) and red gowns with a white ermine trim continue the tradition of Saint-Emilion's wine guardians. They declare the beginning of the harvest (known as the "Ban") and organise grand induction ceremonies throughout the world.
Over 3000 members have become ambassadors of our appellation.
Chancelleries exist in Flanders, Wallonia, England, Texas, Malta and Hong Kong.