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Producer: Gerard BertrandGrape Varieties: Syrah 70%, Grenache 30%Optimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Tetured complex rich redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Densely coloured with earthy and eucalyptus notes enhanced by hints of coffee. Textured, smooth and long, and would benefit from decanting to reveal the richness and opulence of this wine.
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.
Cultivated using biodynamic methods, using only horse traction for work between the rows.
Leaf thinning takes place before the harvest and the grapes are entirely hand-picked. Each grape variety and each parcel is macerated in separate batches in an unlined, thermoregulated precast concrete vat. Syrah: vatting and vinification of de-stalked grapes. Grenache and Mourvèdre: de-stemming and light crushing before vatting under strict temperature control. Very gentle maceration, limiting the extraction of tannins. Some pumping over for aeration, and humidification of the cap only. Carignan: whole bunch vatting at higher temperatures to extract the maximum of aromas.
Best with beef grilled, matured or slowly cooked.
Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Merlot 20%, Carignan 5%, Grenache 5%
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