Damien Georis was born and raised in Belgium, and as one would suspect, is a huge fan of the great beers produced in his country. Damien’s interest in fermented beverages did not stop at beer however, so after earning a degree in agricultural engineering, he decided to enroll in the school of enology at Bordeaux. After a few stints at domaines in France such Chateau Nenin owned by Léoville-Las-Cases and Chateau Olivier, it was by a stroke of serendipity that one day he found a producer in Carmel Valley of California with his last name.
At the time, Georis winery, owned by Walter Georis, also happened to be in search of a French winemaker with classical training. Shortly thereafter, Damien found himself on a plane and headed out to California. In addition to his responsibilities as winemaker and head of operations at Georis winery, Damien has also been crafting his own wines under the Madeleine label. He sources small amounts of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc from small growers and makes wines that are close to his heart and aligned with his passion. Spending extensive time in the Loire Valley and many of visits to the cellars of great domaines such as Clos Rougeard inspired him to see what these expressive varieties can yield on different terroirs.
Madeleine “l’Arsouille” Chenin Blanc Monterey County 2014
Chenin Blanc vinified with a deft hand that stylistically falls somewhere between the new and old worlds of wine.
Madeleine "Maddie" Vin de Table San Benito 2014
A “Vin de Table” made from press Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in neutral oak for 15 months as to soften the wine up. A fantastic value that over delivers for the price.
Madeleine “Ch. IX - Le Vigneron Poete" Cabernet Franc Paicines 2014
Earthy yet with fruit, full and ripe with refreshing acidity. Chapitre IX comes from Paicines in San Benito County, a beautiful narrow valley, located just 20 miles from the ocean, yet warm enough to arrive at a good level of maturity to shed its green and mean qualities.