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Producer: Gerard BertrandGrape Varieties: Chardonnay 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Rounded creamy whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A Chardonnay which is fresh and elegant with delicious hints of white flowers and citrus scents. Harmonius and well rounded on the palate this is a wine of remarkable elegance, a lightness of touch and a magnificent balance of flavour.
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.
The work undertaken in the vineyard is crucial. A precise and meticulous selection of the plots most suitable for producing this type of wine is undertaken. 90% of the final result depends on this painstaking work, as the vines must be in perfect health, with strong, fresh, dense foliage and selecting grapes which have reached optimal maturity. The window for successful harvesting of the fruit is very narrow, the balance between acidity/sweetness and the maturity of the tannins being so critical for this type of wine. The vines are grown using sustainable methods and have been awarded the Terra Vitis accreditation.
The vinification process is very complex as this wine is vinified without the use of sulphur or other additives. The grapes were pressed immediately, with cold must settling in order to encourage the oxide compounds in the must to stabilise naturally. Alcoholic fermentation was very quick and took place in a controlled environment with temperatures restricted to 18°C. The wine was purified by racking, before malolactic fermentation and a further racking phase took place at controlled temperatures. The wines were bottled relatively early, to preserve their full aromatic character. The wines continue to mature in the bottle.
Serve at 12°C as an apéritif or as an ideal accompaniment to grilled fish and white meat dishes served in a delicate, creamy sauce.
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