Once a part of the neighbouring property of Le Grand Saint Jean, the history of the Beaupré estate really begins at the start of the 18th Century, in 1739, with the building of the Château that we see today.
Beaupré came into the ownership of the Double family in 1854. The family, which had made its fortune in the shipping trade, owned a property in the Roy d’Espagne district of Marseille, as well as another in the Lubéron, called Saint Lambert. Beaupré served as a halfway house between the two, giving the family an opportunity to change horses on their journeys back and forth.
In Marseille the family was known by the name “DOUBLE DE SAINT LAMBERT”.
Ennobled in the 14th Century in 1378, the Double family, originally from Ile-de-France, is proud to number several distinguished and influential characters among its ancestors:
- a Secretary of François I : Vital DOUBLE
- François Joseph, co-founder (with Portal) of the Academy of Medecine in 1832
- Léopold Double (b. 1812), a collector of artefacts and paintings which were displayed in the Musée du Louvre in a room named after him until 1980. On his death, part of his collection was bought by Nissim de Camondo
- in 1890, Baron Emile Double, great-grandfather of the current owner, planted the first vines at Beaupré, and, being a modern and enterprising man, opened up a trade route to Marseille, using horse and carriage to deliver his wines to the cafés of the Phocaean capital.