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.

Saint Chinian, Grand Vin
Saint Chinian, Grand Vin

La Madura - 2013 Saint Chinian, Grand Vin

Price: $41.00
Size: 750ml
Availability: 

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Mineral, Rich

Inside the bottle: A blend dominated by Mourvedre and Syrah, this wine is naturally more powerful and profound than Cyril’s “classic” red. It comes out of the glass with a dense perfume of lavender, pepper and dark berries. The palate has a balanced density with red earth, molten iron, animal and chaparral. As the wine unfolds, its softer sides immerge with more red and purple fruits, middle eastern spices, coffee, garrique and a deep salinity. This is not for those who like soft, gentle wines. It is a polished but slightly monsterous vin de garde that can still be enjoyed while young.

Extra details: The Mouvedre and Syrah, which make up 75% of this wine are aged in barrels (none new) to soften and broaden their strong characters, while the remaining 15% Grenache and 9% Carignan spend their time in concrete vats to preserve their high-toned aromas and reduce oxidation. The soils, clay and limestone, sandstone and schist all contribute in different ways to the blend, giving it strength, mid-palate and saveur. As with all the wines at La Madura, everything is carefully done by hand.

The Wine

This organically farmed wine is such a steal when considering the price and delivery. And with the extra years in bottle, La Madura's Saint-Chinian "Grand Vin" has opened up into its prime drinking window with many more years to continue its upward climb. Another blend of different bedrocks, topsoils, and grapes, the range on this wine is vast—truly… Mourvedre and Syrah take center stage and are collected from many different parcels grown on limestone, sandstone and schist bedrock, with topsoils heavy in rock derived from the bedrock and clay to cement it all in place. All of these elements contribute in different ways to the blend, giving broad impact on the palate with just the right amount of cut to keep it fresh and enticing. Once opened, the dense perfume of southern France opens up fields filled with the lavender and thyme that permeate the aromas. The palate has a balanced density with red earth, molten iron, meat and chaparral. As the wine unfolds, its softer sides take shape and offer up more red and purple fruits, Middle Eastern spices, coffee, garrigue and a deep, salty and mineral freshness. We’re all in on this one and if you like a little gentle oomph with your wines, this is a must.

About The Wine

This organically farmed wine is such a steal when considering the price and delivery. And with the extra years in bottle, La Madura’s Saint-Chinian “Grand Vin” has opened up into its prime drinking window with many more years to continue its upward climb. Another blend of different bedrocks, topsoils, and grapes, the range on this wine is vast—truly… Mourvedre and Syrah take center stage and are collected from many different parcels grown on limestone, sandstone and schist bedrock, with topsoils heavy in rock derived from the bedrock and clay to cement it all in place. All of these elements contribute in different ways to the blend, giving broad impact on the palate with just the right amount of cut to keep it fresh and enticing. Once opened, the dense perfume of southern France opens up fields filled with the lavender and thyme that permeate the aromas. The palate has a balanced density with red earth, molten iron, meat and chaparral. As the wine unfolds, its softer sides take shape and offer up more red and purple fruits, Middle Eastern spices, coffee, garrigue and a deep, salty and mineral freshness. We’re all in on this one and if you like a little gentle oomph with your wines, this is a must.