The history of Château Beaulieu
Emile Maufras becomes the owner
At the end of the 19th century, Château Beaulieu became the property of Emile Maufras. A laureate of the Bordeaux Academy and member of the society of historical archives of Aunis and Saintonge and of the society of historical archives of the Gironde, Émile Maufras is a local scholar. He wrote there in 1904 a history of Bourg sur Gironde where he discovered in the vineyard a polished stone ax and powdered arrows dating from the Neolithic era.
Construction of the Castle by Pierre Robert, the notary of Samonac
The Charterhouse is composed of a two floors central pavilion framed by two wings. The ensemble is built on a originally sloping ground, forming a terrace with a high retaining wall.
Creation of the name "Côtes de bourg"
Creation of the appellation "Côtes de bourg" by the Civil Court of Blaye on January 6, 1926. To be eligible for this appellation, the harvesters must belong to the canton of Bourg and their wine must come from clay-limestone or gravelly hillsides planted with noble grape varieties.
Nomination for the “cru Bourgeois” of Bourg award
The wines of Château Beaulieu have always enjoyed a good reputation which led to the property being cited as a "cru bourgeois" in 1868 by Edouard Feret, in the 2nd Edition of “Bordeaux and its wines”.
Extension of the Chai
Large-scale renovation of the Cellar, this work truly marks the start of a new era for the property, in addition to offering a more spacious and more efficient winemaking tool this new cellar is part of a reflection on the development of the property, both on a technical and oenotouristic aspect.
Approval of the Côtes de Bourg appellation by the INAO for red wines
Defined initially by a judgment of the civil court of Blaye in 1926, the appellation “Bourg”, “Côtes de Bourg” or “Region of Bourgeais” is reserved for all the red wines of the canton. The decree of September 11, 1936 established the controlled label of origin.
Certification in High Environmental Value Level 3
The “High Environmental Value” certificate is based on performance indicators relating to biodiversity, phytosanitary strategy, fertilization and irrigation management.
Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Winegrowing
Genuinely concerned with the concerned with the environment and sustainable development, the owners decided to start the conversion of the vineyard to organic farming. Spread over a period of 3 years, this demanding process is nevertheless essential to offer wines that meet the expectations of consumers.