France | Provence
Situated at Rognes in Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, although the vineyard land had been farmed since Roman times, the Château Beaulieu itself was built as a stronghold for the French King Henry III in 1576. The 180 hectares of vines lie at an altitude of 400m, in the heart of an ancient volcanic crater, where the soils are a mix of basalt and clay. The sunny, dry Mediterranean climate ensures ripe, fruit driven wines, while the sea breezes moderate the hot, drying influence of the Mistral wind that blows from the North.
Today, the estate is run by the Jeanjean family, who co-own Mas la Chevalière (in the South of France) and Domaine Laroche (Chablis) with Michel Laroche.