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Producer: Gerard BertrandGrape Varieties: Vermentino 50%, Grenache Blanc 40%, Viognier 10%Optimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Complex rich yet aromatic whiteAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A complex and highly aromatic blend with hints of hawthorn and almond, floral notes of violet and flashes of mango and apricot. A delicate hint of woodiness, with light accents of gingerbread and tobacco come through on the rich and unctuous palate. A wine of great substance, volume and freshness.
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 Château la Sauvageonne is a legendary winemaking estate, where optimal sun exposure, perfect location and an exceptional terroir combine to produce wines of distinctive character. The vines are planted in the northern reaches of the Hérault département, in the shadow of the Causse du Larzac limestone plateau. This region has its own unique micro-climate, with substantial temperature variations: the distance from the sea and proximity of the Causse provide a touch of freshness on summer nights, allowing the grapes to mature slowly and gradually.
The grapes were hand harvested, with each variety brought in separately and only when the fruit had reached its optimal maturity. The vinification process was tailored to respect the unique characteristics of each grape variety and to capture the essence of the Sauvageonne terroir. The grapes were de-stemmed and chilled to 8°C, then lightly pressed to extract only the finest juices. The must was then allowed to settle at a controlled temperature, followed by fermentation. Half-way through fermentation, a proportion of the must was transferred into 225-litre oak barrels for six months of maturation. The wine was left to mature over fine lees with regular stirring. After a gentle fining process, the wine was bottled relatively early in order to preserve its fresh, fruity character.
Serve chilled as an apéritif or delicious with grilled fish and shellfish .
Vermentino 50%, Grenache Blanc 40%, Viognier 10%
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