Who hasn’t dreamed of ditching their job in Paris to “go down South and make wine”? Bruno Correia, a native of Garenne-Colombe in the Paris area but also a lover of good food and wine, decided he wanted a change of lifestyle, age 34. So he said goodbye to the restaurant industry and head off in search of vineyards.
He took over the chateau in 2007 and completely revamped it. Both buildings and vineyards got a full-blown overhaul. Now, surrounded by his family – his wife, parents, children, brothers and cousin – he is at the helm of an extensive estate. After buying another property and some vineyard blocks, the total area under vine is now in excess of 100 ha.
La Borie is the name formerly given to properties belonging to larger estates. Bruno may have taken over Borie-Neuve as a nod to his local roots – his mother came from the Carcassonne area. But certainly, land was affordable in the region. At that point, Borie-Neuve covered approximately 25 ha. Bruno then recruited a new team, including a wine maker and contractors, to advise him and redesign everything.
The vineyards are set in the heart of the Minervois, a Languedoc appellation named after the village of Minerve which became famous during the Cathar heresy. In fact, the Cathar cross features on the labels of Château Borie-Neuve. The climate here is Mediterranean, hot during the day and quite cool and windy by night - the Cers and Marin winds can be quite strong.
The variations in temperature and the winds have led to the descriptor “wine of air”. This is how celebrated wine expert Jacques Puisais described it: “...this wine of air is characterised by soft, rich tannins and respect for the intrinsic nature of the fruit...”
Quite naturally Bruno focuses on red wines, the appellation’s standard bearers, although he does produce white and rosé PGI wines.
The chateau produces two reds: Benjamin, after his 17-year-old son, a blend of Grenache and Syrah with aromas recalling blackberry and black cherry. With an ABV of 13.5°, it displays a faint trace of sweetness. The second is Camille, named after a village elder who pampered the vines. This wine is made from one-hundred-year-old vines harvested by hand. It is warm and blended from Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, with lengthy vatting. It has an ABV of 14.5° and a nose of blackcurrant and ripe fruits.
Bruno is starting to get a glimpse of success as the estate is now garnering numerous accolades and recognition.