It was during the reign of Louis XI, in the year 1480, when the family De Vinsons built the Chateau de Beaulon. The regal, gothic style chateau was then purchased in 1510 by the Beaulon family, and it was passed down through various family members over the centuries – some blood relatives and some relatives through marriage.
In the 17th century, the management of the chateau was passed over to the Bishops of Bordeaux. They were delighted to discover a vineyard that produced solely eaux-de-vie for cognac. Using their own expertise they added some different grape varieties to the vineyard, and this became pivotal to the chateau’s production of the Charentais speciality, Pineau des Charentes.
Christian Thomas became the owner of the chateau and its vineyards in 1965, and in 1987 it was declared a historical monument. Along with the building itself, Christian put a lot of time, effort and money into restoring and expanding the vineyards, and true to the tradition of the chateau, cognacs are produced exclusively from the grapes grown on site.
Cognac Chateau de Beaulon Today
Today, Cognac Chateau de Beaulon remains a family run business under the watchful eye of Christian Thomas. All aspects of production, from the grapes grown right through to the finished products, remain faithful to the traditions of the 17th century. The grapes used to create both the cognac and pineau are the Colombard, Folle Blanche and Montils grapes, and the eaux-de-vie is distilled in small copper stills before being aged in either Tronçais or Limousin oak barrels.
The vineyards are strictly organic, both for the sake of the environment and, of course, so as not to have any effect on the purity of taste of the cognac. With careful partnership with exclusive agents in various countries around the globe, Mr Thomas has successfully raised awareness and availability of his cognacs to many of the world’s continents.
News, Products and Prices
Despite being a small, artisan produced brand, Cognac Chateau de Beaulon has a surprisingly large range of cognacs. They also describe some of their cognacs by year, which is different to many cognac houses.
In 2009, Chateau de Beaulon Cognac got awarded a prize for environmental excellence, for producing organic cognac.
Their entry level bottle is the Chateau de Beaulon 7 Year Old Cognac, which can be purchased for around €40 per bottle. They also have a 12 year old version that retails a little higher.
Other cognacs include the Chateau de Beaulon Très Vieille Réserve du Château 1983, which won the Gold Medal in Brussels in 2007, amongst other awards.
Many of Chateau de Beaulon’s cognacs have won awards and medals at the various industry award ceremonies over the past decades.
Visit Chateau de Beaulon Cognac
It’s possible to visit Cognac Chateau de Beaulon all year around without an appointment. Opening hours are 09:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00. From May through to September the chateau is open seven days a week. Other times of the year the chateau is open weekdays only, or weekends by appointment.