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Producer: Gerard BertrandGrape Varieties: Grenache 50%, Cinsault 25%, Syrah 25%Optimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Elegant dry roseAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: CorkCountry: France
A refined, pale-pink rosé showing strawberry, cherry and delicate hints of liquorice. Textured and refreshing, with a lively, fruity 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 values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. In 2020, Gérard Bertrand was awarded Green Personality of the Year, by the Drinks Business Green Awards.
2020 will be remembered for its extraordinarily changeable climate. The mild, wet winter generously replenished groundwater reserves, allowing budbreak to occur early. The warm, wet spring beat all records for temperatures and rainfall, stimulating intense growth, good foliage development and early flowering. The typically Mediterranean summer, with the absence of rain and high temperatures, allowed the vines to mature serenely. Harvesting began on August 18th, 10 days ahead of usual, with each variety being picked at optimal maturity. 2020 promises to be an exceptional vintage.
The grapes for the 'Source of Joy' come from organically grown vineyards in the Languedoc, where the terroir was recognised by Louis XIV as an exceptional place for producing rosés. The combination of two soils, schist and limestone, with a hilly terrain has created a complex network of underground water that ensures an exceptional source of pure water for the vineyards. The vines benefit from the Mediterranean climate, long sunshine hours, dry growing season and a cooling influence from the nearby Mediterranean Sea, resulting in concentrated fruit with naturally balancing freshness.
Each variety was hand-picked at optimal ripeness levels, very early in the morning when temperatures were still low, to preserve the quality of the fruit. This rosé was made using the saignée method; the grapes were whole-bunch macerated to extract the desired colour. Fermentation took place under controlled temperatures to retain the maximum aromas. A proportion of the wine was matured in French oak barrels. Malolactic conversion was not carried out to preserve the wine’s freshness and natural acidity.
An elegant, pale-pink rosé with an inviting bouquet of strawberry and cherry, with delicate hints of liquorice. The generous, round mouthfeel is perfectly balanced by delicious freshness through to a lively and fruity finish.
Grenache 50%, Cinsault 25%, Syrah 25%
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