The Domaine les Béates has had a succession of occupants, beginning in the 17th century, when between a group of pious sisters came to this remote area to teach village children to read. The estate still bears the name given to it by these young women. Since 1996 the estate has been owned by the Terrat family. Bernard Terrat, a manufacturing executive in the Rhône-Alpes region, fell in love with Domaine Les Béates and its outstanding terroir and joined forces with the Maison Chapoutier in Tain l'Hermitage to buy it from the Foglia family. This family of winemakers had already begun to improve the domaine by introducing organic techniques and building its own cellars. Maison Chapoutier has worked alongside the Terrat family ever since.
The rich Béates terroir was enhanced by the introduction of biodynamic techniques. In 2000 the area of the estate was doubled through the purchase of 70 acres of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence AOP vineyards from Château Janet. Two years later, Bernard Terrat and his son Pierre-François bought out the entire property with the aim of turning it into one of the best-known estates in the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence appellation. They joined the Aix en Vignes winemakers' group and committed themselves to its principles, which are deeply rooted in Mediterranean culture.
98 acres in production; limestone/sandstone soil on limestone-clay or marl
Béatines Rosé 2006: Hachette 2008, RVF 2008, Guide des Vins a Petits Prix Béatines Rosé 2005: Hachette 2007 Béates Rosé 2006: RVF 2008 Béatines Rosé 2004: Dussert Gerber 2006, Guide des Vins a Petits Prix Béatines Rosé 2003: RVF 2005