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Producer: Gerard BertrandGrape Varieties: Syrah 40%, Carignan 35%, Grenache 15%, Mourvèdre 10%Optimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Fruity complex redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Château l’Hospitalet Art de Vivre red has a deep ruby-red colour. Soft and balanced in the mouth, this cuvée has the generous fruitiness of jam, black cherries and red currants accompanied with notes of liquorice, gingerbread and grilled notes. Complex and aromatic, this wine offers fine tannins. Elegant and tasty, it is ready to drink now or at any time in the next ten years.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Named in 2012 as the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast's European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the "King" of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. Twenty years of know-how ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand's signature have a unique style driven each day by four fundamental values: excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. We firmly believe Gérard will become one of the leading French names in the UK.
This vineyard was designed to achieve a high level of quality. All the wine-growing decisions are geared toward this, from the choice of stocks at planting to the North-South orientation of the rows (to benefit more effectively from the light), the choice of training method with short pruning (Royat cordon) on trellises. Yields are moderate, about 35 to 40 hl/ha, and they obtain ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes that easily yield up their colour and aromas in the fermentation and maceration phase as they ripen slowly.
The grapes are harvested manually and taken to the cellar in wooden tubs. Some of the Syrah is vinified using carbonic maceration. The Grenache and the Mourvèdre are de-stemmed and placed in stainless steel vats with a regulated temperature for traditional maceration over a period of 20 to 25 days. The different grape varieties are vinified separately. At the end of the winter, the wines are racked, blended and placed in 225 litre barrels in the barrel cellar of Château l'Hospitalet for a period of 12 months.
Syrah 40%, Carignan 35%, Grenache 15%, Mourvèdre 10%
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