Château Beauchêne is owned by the Bernard family, whose history in Orange dates back to the 17th Century. Originally tenant farmers, the Bernards bought their first vineyard soon after the second phase of the French Revolution in 1794, a vineyard that is still part of the estate, today owned and run by Michel and Dominique Bernard. In 2004 their daughter Amandine, a great friend and former colleague of ours, joined the board.
The 80 hectares at Château Beauchêne are represented by three appellations:
Châteauneuf du Pape
Côtes du Rhône Villages
Côtes du Rhône
The beautiful 18th Century Château was purchased by Michel Bernard in 1986 with the aim of developing the estate’s vineyards where the red grapes Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre predominate, although the estate also produces a small amount of white wine. The entire harvest is bottled at the Château, whose vaulted cellars provide perfect conditions for ageing in French oak barrels.
The Bernard family practices cultivation according to the principles of “culture raisonnée”, taking environmental issues into consideration alongside the commercial objectives of running a 21st Century business. Their main aims are to preserve the balances of their soils and to maintain a bio-diversity, to produce grapes of a high organoleptic quality and to minimise pollution and respect the environment.
To find out more about this concept, we highly recommend that you visit the Château’s website at www.chateaubeauchene.fr