Perhaps you don’t need to learn the 1855 classification of first-through-fifth growths of French Bordeaux wines. But if you did, Richard Hemming, British MW student and singing enophile, has a new ditty to help you out.
The classification, which rated Bordeaux wines, specifically the red wines of the Medoc (plus Chateau Haut-Brion from Graves) and the wines of Sauternes, was created for a grand exhibition in Paris that Emperor Napoleon III intended as a showcase of the best of France. There have been a few changes, most notably the elevation of Chateau Mouton Rothschild from second- to first-growth in 1973, but essentially, the rankings stuck and are with us today although they often prompt intense debate over their accuracy.
So endeth the wine lesson for the day.