It was through contact with the world of wine-making that Cyril’s wife, Nadia, who had had training and experience in the tourist sector, developed a taste for the profession and decided to go on further training courses which led to her being awarded “young farmer” status.
Since they bought the vineyards in 1998, she has been fully involved, taking on the administration and sales side, and also working with Cyril in the cellars and vineyards. One of Nadia’s jobs is to direct the picking team during the grape harvest.
Following scientific studies (Degree in Biochemistry, Master’s in Genetics), he went on to do a postgraduate diploma in Oenology and Vine Studies (in Bordeaux) at the same time as a National Diploma in Oenology (in Dijon). This training gave him an introduction to the various methods used in vine-growing and wine-making. Every year while he was a student, he helped with the grape harvest and vinification at the Domaine du Nouveau Monde (his uncle’s estate), and it was here, out in the vines, that he began to develop a taste for the job.
Having completed his training, he chose to work in production and started in 1990 at Château Lynch-Bages (Médoc Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac).
In 1991, he became Technical Manager at Château de Fieuzal, then, later on, Estate Manager. His 8 years of responsibility gave him some very rewarding experience.
Cyril had long dreamed of becoming a wine-maker, but the dream needed time to mature and become a reality.
In November 1998 he finally made the leap and started out on his adventure, having found an estate that matched up to the ambitions of these new wine-makers.
From their first visit to the estate, they were won over by the quality and diversity of its ‘terroirs’, which had been maintained in the traditional way, leaving living soils and a sound biological balance.
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