With March being Women's History Month, and March 8th International Women's Day, we are featuring some of our women winemakers & women-run wineries. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the successes and empowerment of women in the wine world and beyond, and raise a glass to women everywhere with a wine that suits the occasion!
Christine Nadalié, Winemaker & Vineyard Owner for Chateau Beau Rivage Bordeaux Superieur & Clos la Boheme Haut Medoc
Christine Nadalié is winemaker and vineyard owner for Ch. Beau Rivage and Clos la Bohème. Born from a long line of coopers and passionate about wine since her childhood, Christine has learned a lot from her various experiences around the world. An an oenologist, she manages her vineyard with passion, and she willingly opens it to the general public, her greatest pleasure being to share her know-how and her love for wine.
Tonnellerie Nadalié is the family business, both in France and in Napa. Christine manages the Medoc facility in addition to running her two wineries. The family has always owned some vineyard land in the Medoc, but rented it to others in order to concentrate on barrel making. The Nadaliés bought the estate located along the Garonne banks in the Macau-en-Médoc in 1995. They have 8 hectares (about 20 acres) of vines and grow Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. They were certified organic in 2011.
Christine decided to take over the family vineyard land in the early 2000s to make wine, and she chose to use organic methods after appreciating the finesse and soundness of some other organic Bordeaux wines she has tasted and studied.
Featured wine: Château Beau Rivage "Clos La Bohème" - Haut Médoc AOC - 2012 - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast; Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards
Aromas of spicy black fruits (cassis), with menthol, cloves and red berries. Ripe and rich fruit on the palate, which is smooth with rounded tannins to add depth. Mineral notes. Certified organic vineyard. Aged 20 months in 80% new French oak. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot.
Read more of our Women in Wine series here.