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In the heart of the Roussillon plain, between the sea and the mountains, Nadal-Hainaut Castle was built in the 18th century on the Prieuré Santa Maria de l'Eule site, a Cistercian monastery dating from the 12th century. The winegrower tradition dates back to this period, exploiting vines that already existed at the time. Concerned about the environment and with the greatest respect for the vine and the environment....Lire plus Learn more
In the heart of the Roussillon plain, between the sea and the mountains, Nadal-Hainaut Castle was built in the 18th century on the Prieuré Santa Maria de l'Eule site, a Cistercian monastery dating from the 12th century. The winegrower tradition dates back to this period, exploiting vines that already existed at the time. Concerned about the environment and with the greatest respect for the vines and these small inhabitants, Jean-Marie Nadal, the fifth generation of winegrowers, grows Carignan Centenaire, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Macabeu, Merlot, Muscat Petit-grains and Muscat d'Alexandrie. The conversion to organic farming has enabled the estate to become a real sanctuary with new species of insects, birds,... until then absent on the estate. Jean-Marie Nadal's desire is to make high quality wines that reflect the true taste of the terroir and its grapes. Products representing the finesse and elegance provided by grapes naturally ripened by a unique climate, a combination of beautiful sunshine and Tramontane. Respectful of the environment, he cultivates 45 hectares of organic vines and produces varietal and Côtes du Roussillon wines. Martine, Jean-Marie Nadal and their three daughters will be happy to welcome you to the estate to share with you their passion for old stones, vines and wine.
The marriage of my grandparents, Thérèse Hainaut and François Nadal in 1900, marked the beginning of the history of Château Nadal-Hainaut. Our Carignan, now a hundred years old, was planted that year to celebrate the union of the young spouses. Already two generations of winegrowers preceded them in the Hainaut family.
Then it was my father, Jean Nadal's turn to take over and continue what his father had founded. His love for the land is what he transmitted to me from an early age. I always found myself in the middle of the grape pickers in the vineyards or helping my father in the cellar. It is therefore very young that my passion for the vine was born. As an oenologist by training, I took over the estate in 1980, with the great support of my wife Martine. In a few years, we have developed the estate around the wine activity by creating gîtes and reception rooms in the former priory buildings. This has allowed us to live our passion and create new blends, which are now successful in China and South Korea. Production being important, we had to turn to foreign markets. It is today with our three daughters: Julie, Marie-Luce and Pauline (the 6th generation) that we wish to continue to produce quality wines with the greatest respect for nature.
For me, being a winegrower means "controlling the grape" from the vine shoot you plant, it means growing beautiful grapes which, once they arrive in the cellar, will see their "juice" extracted to make this delicious nectar called Wine and which we decline in white, red, rosé, dry or sweet depending on the soil and the grape varieties. The profession of winegrower is a real vocation: from the vine shoot to the bottle, I must ensure the quality of the product by listening carefully and humbly to the soil. The grape variety that most resembles me is our good old century-old carignan, which was planted in 1900, when my grandparents Thérèse Hainaut and François Nadal, pioneers of Château Nadal-Hainaut, joined forces. A vine with secular strength that continues to produce abundantly, at the foot of our majestic Canigou...
The estate's grape varieties are truly diversified: we grow 9 organic red and white varieties, some typical of Roussillon, others less so, but which are perfectly suited to this clay and rocky soil. The vines are all located on the estate and benefit from the irrigation created in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks, who at that time were already cultivating the vines on the priory. We produce a 100% "Carignan Centenaire" of extraordinary suppleness, a dry muscatel "Petit Grain", extremely lively and fruity, but also a blend of syrah and black grenache aged in barrels, the "Terre de Quarante", a red wine of great finesse.... A few years ago, we started making complete vinifications in oak barrels; as for our chardonnay, this particular vinification gives it surprising aromas of banana candies... Our range consists of about twenty products: white, rosé, red and natural sweet wines. So there is something for everyone! Our wines are similar to us, simple, direct and generous at the same time, they reflect the best that our family can do. Unfortunately, today wine has become a luxury product, whereas it should be a daily manna (obviously in moderation). It is the product of the earth and must remain simple. This is what my ancestors left me and I am passing it on to my daughters today.