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Producer: Gerard BertrandGrape Varieties: Syrah 50%, Grenache 35%, Mourvèdre 8%, Carignan 7%Alcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: CorkCountry: France
The nose is packed with complex aromas of garrigue, dark berried fruit and a touch of gingerbread spice. On the palate the cuvée boasts elegant and refined tannins which frame the palate with great balance and vivacity.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France. A biodynamic pioneer, he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and winner of Wine Enthusiast‘s European Winery of the Year, Gérard has been cited as the “King of the Languedoc” among critics. Acquired in November 2011, Château la Sauvageonne is located northwest of Montpellier. With a long winemaking history, this Château is a legendary site. The combination of its orientation, its situation on the Larzac terraces at 300 meters altitude and the exceptional volcanic terroir, produces stunning wines of unique character.
The Terrasses du Larzac appellation is located in the north of the Hérault département, its vines planted on the slopes of the famous Causse du Larzac. The unique micro-climate of this area includes significant temperature variations: the distance from the sea and proximity to the Causse helps cool the air after warm summer days, helping the grapes develop a rich colour as they mature slowly and gradually.
The harvest began with an analysis of the grape's polyphenol content and daily tasting as they reached peak maturity. The grapes were carefully picked by hand and carried to the winery in special grape bins, within an hour of leaving the vine. The grapes were meticulously sorted and destemmed before being transferred to thermo-regulated vats. Each grape variety was processed separately. Maceration lasted for approximately 20 to 25 days. At the end of the winter the wines were transferred to new, 225 litre oak barrels and left to mature for 12 months. The wine was gently fined before bottling.
A perfect match for grilled Aubrac steaks, Larzac cheeses and other classic southern French dishes.
Syrah 50%, Grenache 35%, Mourvèdre 8%, Carignan 7%
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