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Producer: Gerard BertrandGrape Varieties: 20% Cinsault & 80% GrenacheOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Delicate fruity yet dry roseAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: CorkCountry: France
Delicate pale pink in colour, this refreshing rosé shows vibrant red berry aromas layered with floral notes and delicate aniseed and fennel nuances on the finish.
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. Formerly 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. 20 years of expertise ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand's signature have a unique style, driven by the fundamental values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. We are proud to represent this leading French name in the UK.
2017 saw the growing season start with a cool and wet winter. It was a challenging vintage in the Languedoc, notably due to spring frosts which damaged many vineyards in the region. A warm summer helped to restore the vegetative cycle and hotter periods encouraged the berries to reach good maturity levels. The harvest was the earliest in recent years, with lower yields than usual, but quality levels high.
This wine is certified organic and "Bee Friendly". The Bee Friendly certification is issued by the French body for sustainable development, ‘Ecocert Environnement’ and is based on specific criteria designed to protect bees and pollinators. For example, the use of pesticides identified as harmful to pollinators is prohibited. The label also requires apiaries to be installed on the estates. In partnership with beekeepers, the bees have taken up residence at the Château l'Hospitalet among other estates of the Gérard Bertrand group. The ‘Or & Azur’ colours on the label translate into English as Gold & Azure-blue and are symbolic of the Mediterranean sunshine and the terroirs of the South of France.
Each variety was harvested at optimal ripeness. The grapes were de-stemmed, cooled to 8°C and gently pressed to extract the desired level of rosé colour. The must was cold settled and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures, lasting for 15 to 30 days. Vinification focussed on the colour extraction and aromatic purity. The wine was gently fined and bottled early to preserve its aromatic, fruity character.
A delicate pink rosé delivering aromas of wild red berries and juicy blackberry. Harmoniously balanced, the refreshing palate of citrus and grapefruit is layered with delicate spice and a touch of violet.
A refreshing apéritif or with light salads, grilled meat or classic Mediterranean dishes.
Grenache 80%, Cinsault 20%
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