Nadia and Cyril Bourgne are making waves in the wine world, based in Saint Chinian in Languedoc they are producing wines with exceptional finesse and quality.
Taking full advantage of the unique terroirs of Saint Chinian, which include Shale, Clay and Limestone, as well as the more common Schiste, has allowed the wines to develop a complexity and elegance rarely seen.
The passion for producing such excellent wines is evident as soon as you meet Cyril and Nadia. Cyril has a background in Genetics and Biochemistry and expanded his knowledge to include Oenolgy, which later allowed him to become Estate Manager at Chateau de Fieuzal in Bordeaux. Nadia formerly, with a background in Tourism, nurtured a passion for wine and after further studies was awarded “young farmer” status.
With the acquisition of Domaine La Madura in 1999, the potential for producing great wines was realised, the numerous patchwork plots, and the varying altitude of between 150 and 300 meters was perfect. Saint Chinian has by nature a Mediterranean climate, but is also in close proximity to the Montagne Noire, and the Monts de l’Espinouse, this delivers a cooling wind which accentuates the freshness of the wines.
The estate has achieved HVE certification (High Enviromental Value), Cyril and Nadia believe in maintaining a sympathetic ideology to the environment, limiting the use of damaging sprays and fertilisers and using strict routines of pruning and inspection to eliminate any environmental pests.
Cyril and Nadia produce four Cuvée, two whites and two reds:-
Classic Red – 2013 AOC Saint Chinian
This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre, with the emphasis being on the Grenache and Carrignan. This is very well balanced example, and a perfect re-interpretation of classic wines of the area. There are notes of Cassis and Blackcurrent, as well as the enticing aroma of Garrigue and spice. A true Classic
Grand Vin Red -2012 AOC Saint Chinian
The Grand Vin is Mourvedre and Syrah led with small amounts of Grenache and Carrignan. There is a complexity to this wine with real notes of dark fruits, tobacco, and spice. The real surprise is the freshness that’s still apparent. This is a brooding beauty of a wine which will continue to deliver in the coming years.
Classic Blanc 2014 Vin de Pays d’oc
This is an unusual blend of Picpoul and Sauvignon Blanc, Vinified in steel tanks for freshness and to enhance the varietal character. Simply put this wine is amazing, there is a high level of white stone fruit and citrus with a real zippy finish !
Grand Vin Blanc 2014 Vin de Pays d’oc
Picpoul and Sauvignon blend, but barrel fermented for increased dimension and body, citrus and peach but with floral notes and a long finish. Excellent
In summary, the wines produced by Domaine LA Madura and the care and passion with which they are crafted is huge, it was my pleasure to taste wines of such calibre – I look forward to championing them further in the future.
Domaine La Madura has recently completed a new building and tasting area, designed by architects Passelac et Roques which further enhances an already amazing site. Why not contact them if you are in the area and experience this wonderful Domaine for yourself.