DOMAINE DE LA MADONE
Domaine de la Madone is truly bucolique! The rolling hillsides of vines surrounding the Domaine are breath-taking. The biodiversity is plentiful with bees, crickets and butterflies amongst the vines. Jean-Marc and Arnaud Després are very focused on nature with their own vegetable gardens at the Domaine which they use in the kitchen of their auberge lunch spot at the Domaine.
The Domaine is situated along the hillside of la Madone in Fleurie, just above and below the chapel de la Madone, which was constructed in 1870. Their old vines are situated just below the winery and are 70-100 years old.
The Domaine consists of 17 hectares of which 10 h/a are Fleurie Cuvée Tradition and 2 h/a Vieilles Vignes.
The grapes are whole bunch fermented with 10-15 days of maceration. There is remontage twice a day but no pigeage. At the end of the élevage there is a light filtration and a tiny amount of sulphur is added.