Gérard Bertrand Corbiѐres Grenache Syrah Mourvѐdre 2009 was part of a collection of bottles my sister gave me for Christmas. Earlier back in the month of December she had noticed me lingering upon it in the wine shop, so she made sure to add it to the assortment she was compiling. Once a professional rugby player, Gérard Bertrand grew up assisting his father on the family’s estate in the sub-appellation of Corbiѐres in the Languedoc Roussillon. He took over the domaine upon his father’s death in 1987, and today presides over nearly 1000 acres of vineyards across the varying Languedoc Roussillon terriors. He also heads a négociant business that partners with local growers and co-ops. He is a well-known proponent of sustainable farming and one of the largest producers of organic wine in Southern France. His flagship estate Château l’Hospitalet is carbon neutral, and many of his vineyards practice biodynamic farming. In addition to being recognized for his fantastic wines at excellent prices, Wine Enthusiast bestowed him with the European Winery of the Year award in 2011, stating “He fully understands the movement toward expressive, well-balanced and elegant wines that remain accessible and affordable.”
Nearly transparent dark ruby in colour, aromas of black current, black cherry and dried autumn leaves swirled about in the glass. Fruity blackberry, plum and cherry flavours were joined by pleasantly dry tannins in the medium body. Spicy black pepper, traces of dark chocolate and earthy leather comprised the moderate finish. Easy drinking with well-balanced flavours, this is a cheerful glass on its own or at the table.
40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvѐdre
Corbiѐres/ Languedoc Roussillon
Bottled by Gérard Bertrand
Enjoy now thru 2015