History started in 1895, when a group of vineyard owners decided to improve the image and promote their wines and vineyards by working in partnership. In 1947, after the detailed study by INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine) regarding the special terrior, the expertise and the reputation of the estates, they have selected 23 estates (out of 300 estates that time) as the top wines’ classification. In July 1955, Chateau Saint Maur has titled as “Cru Classé” together with other 17 Chateaus in the region.
The Chateau is situated in Cogolin, a passionate successful entrepreneur, Roger Zannier, purchased by in 2010. Having the highest vine stock of the Côte de Provence appellation (449 m of altitude), where Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Rolle are blooming with remarkable finesse.
1955 CLASSIFICATION IN PROVENCE
Wine lovers of Great Bordeaux Wines know the classification made in 1855 of the time of Napoleon III for the Universal Exhibition, listing the Châteaux in 5 levels of Grands Crus Classés in Bordeaux.
100 years later in 1955, wine producers of Côtes de Provence did the same and recognized 23 estates as of superior quality. Today, there are 18 estate retained as Due to takeovers and mergers and acquisitions, there are only 18 of these Crus Classés due to mergers and acquisitions.