La Madura

The Story

A lot of the vigneron in Saint-Chinian think that Cyril Bourgne is a little bit crazy. For me, he is one of the most sane men I know. Cyril is constantly in pursuit of doing things in the vineyards and cellar that respectfully incorporate laws of nature into his practices. Those old blue-collar vignerons who used to talk about the crazy things that Cyril did are now asking him questions about what they should be doing in their vineyards. He is a man who learns his own way, breaks the rules and rewrites them without fear of consequence; un vrai homme libre.

After completing a degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Genetics, he finished his formal education with a postgrad in Oenology and Viticulture. He cut his teeth in with his uncle each harvest through school and began his apprenticeship in Bordeaux, at Lynch-Bages, followed by 8 years as the enologist at Château de Fieuzal. It was in 1998 that he and his wife, Nadia, made the move to St. Chinian to pursue their dream of having their own winery.

Lay of the Land

Saint-Chinian is one of the most beautiful winescapes in France. There are many ancient vineyards that have been lost to the forests after phylloxera that have not been replanted since, at least until Cyril came to town. On the north side of the valley, hills of the acidic rock, schist, face and tolerate the sun, while outcrops of sandstone and waves (as Cyril likes to call them) of limestones come in from the direction of the Mediterranean, along with her climate. The recovered forests encourage deep biodiversity, which lends the wines more unique and regional complexities that would otherwise be lost to excessive vine planting.

La Madura San Chinian Classic
La Madura San Chinian Classic

La Madura - 2013 Saint Chinian, Classic

Price: $21.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Rich, Medium Body

Inside the bottle: As you could imagine, three distinguished soil types, a Mediterranean climate and four grapes can bring a tremendous amount of layers to a wine. While this is priced as a simple, quaffing wine, given some time, it will stimulate your inner wine geek. It’s an elegant wine that shows its charm straight out of the gates with orange and dark fruits, sun-dried flowers, roasted chestnut, smoke and dried thyme. As it opens, red fruit and lavender sneak out of the nose while the palate becomes rich in iron, metal, cured meat and salt. It is wonderfully balanced and can find itself fitting in most cuisines from Chinese, Indian, Morrocan, Southern French and some good ol’ backyard BBQ.

Extra details: The soil blend of this wine is sandstone, limestone and schist. The grapes are 39% Grenache and 37% Carignan, which are vinified in concrete vats. The remaining 14% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre spend time in barrel to soften their intensity and allow the wines to develop more complex layers that could be forever hidden inside of inert tanks like concrete or stainless steel. Non collé, non filtré.

The Wine

Inside the bottle: As you could imagine, three distinguished soil types, a Mediterranean climate and four grapes can bring a tremendous amount of layers to a wine. While this is priced as a simple, quaffing wine, given some time, it will stimulate your inner wine geek. It’s an elegant wine that shows its charm straight out of the gates with orange and dark fruits, sun-dried flowers, roasted chestnut, smoke and dried thyme. As it opens, red fruit and lavender sneak out of the nose while the palate becomes rich in iron, metal, cured meat and salt. It is wonderfully balanced and can find itself fitting in most cuisines from Chinese, Indian, Morrocan, Southern French and some good ol’ backyard BBQ.

Extra details: The soil blend of this wine is sandstone, limestone and schist. The grapes are 39% Grenache and 37% Carignan, which are vinified in concrete vats. The remaining 14% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre spend time in barrel to soften their intensity and allow the wines to develop more complex layers that could be forever hidden inside of inert tanks like concrete or stainless steel. Non collé, non filtré.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: As you could imagine, three distinguished soil types, a Mediterranean climate and four grapes can bring a tremendous amount of layers to a wine. While this is priced as a simple, quaffing wine, given some time, it will stimulate your inner wine geek. It’s an elegant wine that shows its charm straight out of the gates with orange and dark fruits, sun-dried flowers, roasted chestnut, smoke and dried thyme. As it opens, red fruit and lavender sneak out of the nose while the palate becomes rich in iron, metal, cured meat and salt. It is wonderfully balanced and can find itself fitting in most cuisines from Chinese, Indian, Morrocan, Southern French and some good ol’ backyard BBQ.

Extra details: The soil blend of this wine is sandstone, limestone and schist. The grapes are 39% Grenache and 37% Carignan, which are vinified in concrete vats. The remaining 14% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre spend time in barrel to soften their intensity and allow the wines to develop more complex layers that could be forever hidden inside of inert tanks like concrete or stainless steel. Non collé, non filtré.