Provence Cru Classé : an exceptional title !

The History of the Cru Classé


The history of the Côtes de Provence Classified Growths began in 1895 when certain "Propriétaires Vignerons du Var" became aware of the importance of joining forces to defend and promote their wines and properties.

In 1947, under the impetus of these determined men and women, a commission of experts selected 23 of these estates in Provence, under the supervision of the INAO, based on a rigorous study of their terroir, their know-how and their reputation.

Thus, following the example of the most prestigious wine regions of Bordeaux, these estates and Châteaux of Provence have obtained the title of "Cru Classé". This decision was officially approved by the Côtes de Provence appellation. These estates then committed themselves to the production of three colours of wine: red, rosé and white, to ensure consistency of quality and authenticity throughout the vinification and maturation process, with bottling at the estate in Provence.

Their dynamic and visionary approach enabled the region to achieve the status of Vin de Qualité Supérieure in 1951, and then the rank of Appellation d'Origine Controlée in 1977.

An honorific title that enforces quality!

In the 1990's, a reflection was undertaken on the opportunity to create a Club des Crus Classés. Beyond the economic and technical needs, these winegrowers wanted to promote the ethical values shared by the Crus Classés.

This group, through regular meetings, has become a place of exchange where a real "Cru Classé culture" is being developed with objectives of progress and a desire to perpetuate the traditions and know-how. It also strives to share the Cru Classé spirit with the experts and lovers of great wines, who attribute to them a cultural value and an element of dream.

Today, the story continues and 18 estates and châteaux are united to affirm and convey their "Cru Classé" identity, a unique distinction received by their peers in 1955, with the common desire to make this hierarchy known as a sign of excellence and to perpetuate this title of distinction.