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Chateau de Beaulon (France)

Chateau de Beaulon built in 1480 in Saintonge near the navigable river Gironde is rightfully considered a jewel in the crown of architectural style of the late Middle Ages and the dawn of the renaissance period.  Thanks to the fact that the castle survived to this day in its practically original form it is reckoned among historical monuments and mentioned in all travel guides.

In the 17th century, the heir of Beaulon His Grace de Nesmond, bishop of Bayeux and Advisor to King Louis XIV placed the Chateau in the management of the Bishops of Bordeaux on condition that they would transfer their business model, as it is called today, to the new place.  Upon taking over the estate they discovered a vineyard used only for the production of eau-de-vie. As amateurs of Sauternes wines they decided to produce the same richness and quality with their very own vineyards, as a result Semillon and Sauvignon grape varieties were added to the vineyards and then Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon completed the Medoc influence. This Bordeaux trend has proved essential to the production of Beaulon Pineau des Charentes, over the centuries it has become the hallmark of elegance which distinguishes Beaulon Pineau from its competitors.

The today’s owner of the estate Christian Thomas not only conserved traditional style of Chateau de Beaulon under his firm passionate control, but owing to outstanding quality of castle cognacs and mistelles made them synonymous with exceptional quality and marketable, be it in France or abroad.

Besides the cellar master’s skills, Chateau de Beaulon owes its success first to chalky soil with its natural excessive water outflow and second to climate like the one that favoured Medoc, sunny, mild and humid. Thus, terroir of 90 hectares of the vineyards can be considered perfect for growing typically sauterne (Semillon and Sauvignon) and Medoc (Cabernets Franc, Cabernets Sauvignon and Merlot) vine shoots. All these varieties were specially selected for castle mistelles – for white pineau and, as is worthy of note, for red pineau), while most of liqueur wine producers in Charente traditionally use only Ugni Blanc.

The estate consists of two parts: the castle and the distillery built in 1712 and registered as authentic chateau. They both are situated in Saint Dizant du Gua green space.

Chateau de Beaulon production ideology is based on four main principles for many centuries.

Terroir: the best Chateau de Beaulon vineyards are situated on chalky hills.

Varieties: Contrary to modern trends the traditional 16th century choice of three basic varieties (Colombard, Montils and Folle Blanche) not only paid for itself in unique Chateau de Beaulon assemblage, but also proved its ability in contrary to changeable modern tendencies.

Distillation: through the centuries distillation of wine stock has been performed on light lees and with the use of “sleepy” yeast which is the main supplier of the fruity and floral characteristics. Quintessence of Chateau de Beaulon style lies in their combination and concentration that implies amazing development in the course of aging.

Aging: very long ageing, much longer than legally required.

Chateau de Beaulon 7 ans

Chateau de Beaulon 7 ans

Chateau de Beaulon 12 ans

Chateau de Beaulon 12 ans

Chateau de Beaulon Napoleon

Chateau de Beaulon Napoleon

Chateau de Beaulon Tres Vieille Reserve

Chateau de Beaulon Tres Vieille Reserve

Chateau de Beaulon Extra Rare

Chateau de Beaulon Extra Rare