Estate: 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 terroirs. He also heads a négociant business that partners with local growers and co-ops. A well-known proponent of sustainable farming, he is 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 follow biodynamic practices and are certified by DEMETER. 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.”
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from vineyards located in the Tautavel area, between the Mediterranean Sea and Pyrenees mountains, 30 km north to Perpignan in the South of France area. Aged on the lees for several weeks before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Palest coral in colour with aromas of red berries, peach, a twist of lemon and clean minerality. Subtle red berry fruit fuses with fresh citrus acidity. Fruit and mineral notes linger on the dry finish. Refreshing and delicate, great on its own or with light, yet spiced dishes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Ideal as an aperitif, or with Mediterranean salads, Asian dishes [especially spicy ones] and seafood.
Enjoy at 10-12°C [50-54°F]
Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir [I could not locate varietal percentages.]
Shipped and Bottled by Gérard Bertrand