Christine Nadalié is the owner and oenologue of Château Beau Rivage & Clos La Bohème. Her family has been in the cooper (barrel) business for generations and the nearby family firm is now the 5th largest barrel maker in the world. The Nadalies 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.
Haut-Medoc is the large southern section of the greater Medoc district of Bordeaux in southwestern France and also the name of the appellation that covers the vineyards here. It accounts for two-thirds of the Medoc peninsula and produces more fine wine per acre than almost anywhere else in the world.
The soil in the Haut-Medoc region is mainly composed of thick gravel layers that have been swept down river over time and now sit on a base of heavy clay. The warm, well-drained gravel terraces provide ideal growing conditions for the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that dominate plantings in the Medoc. Further inland, the soils turn to deep deposits of clay, where the Merlot grape variety thrives.
Clos La Bohème 2009 received the Cru Bourgeois distinction. This is an annual selection of non-classed growths wines in Medoc as a mark of quality which is awarded to wine, not the Chateau.