Château Beaubois covers a total of 60 hectares in the Costieres de Nimes region of the Southern Rhone Valley. Sister and brother Fanny and François Boyer are the 4th generation of their family owning the vineyard. They bring out the best of their unique terroir, producing wines of pure freshness, elegance and depth. Bordering the marshy Camargue plane and influenced by the nearby Cevennes mountain rage, nature plays a key role in wine production and style.
The Unique Climate of Costières de Nîmes Produces Outstanding Biodynamic Rhone Wines
There are two primary influences in the Costières de Nimes region, weather and climate. The southern temperatures create a Mediterranean climate, but the strong Mistral wind cools at the hottest hours. The cold, dry and fierce Mistral wind blows down from the north along the lower Rhône River valley toward the Mediterranean Sea. This hot climate sucks in the crisp air of the sea and brings freshness and humidity throughout the day. A marshy plain called the Petite Camargue provides direct exposure of the vineyards to the sea, creating a unique microclimate for these Biodynamic Rhone wines.
The terroir is composed of pebbles which are detached from the Haut Brianconnais in the Alpes during the Quaternary. The combination of the rocks maintaining heat, then being cooled by the Mistral winds of the sea creates an oven effect, causing warm air to rise and bring the cool sea breeze into the vineyards. It gives the wines a taste of saltiness and iodine especially on the white and rosé, but also slightly present in the reds.
Château Beaubois truly embraces this unique AOC of the Rhone Valley known for its innovation and commitment to sustainability. Château Beaubois is one of the Top 3 wineries in the Costières de Nimes and the only one that is Demeter Certified Biodynamic.
Vision of Château Beaubois
The Boyers are pioneers in this appellation, first to go Terra Vitis (20 years ago) and first vineyard in HVE3 (10 years ago) on the department when this certification is starting to bloom in France since last years. The winery has been certified organic since 2009 and the last four vintages have also been Certified Biodynamic.
“Our vision is to express and restore the whole truth of our terroir, magnifying the purity and the elegance of our wines. We look to the future with new creativity, while taking inspiration from the familial winemaking experience. Hard Work, Passion, Respect, Share, are the key words of the winery.”
Château Beaubois – “The Beautiful Woods”
Originally the chateau was surrounded only by a multitude of different trees. Today Château Beaubois is still surrounded by 20 hectares of woods and the Domaine is the barn of the Abey. They also have a second name of Château which is Château Grange des Beaubois – roughly the castle of the barn in the trees.
Château Beaubois was first established as a working winery from 1920-1947 by Margueritte and René Mouret. He was a country doctor on horse, and she was one of the first women in the region to manage a winery. “They have registered the first pages of our family history on this terroir. Leaving the cooperative in order to vinify the first parcels of the winery.”
The Boyer family acquired this Domaine in 1920 and they are celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2020.