Its complex aromas of black fruit (black olives, blackberry) are developed due to the controlled extraction process during vinification. Its great fresh elegance and its rich, and full aromatic range (prune, roasted coffee, blackcurrant) gives this wine a unique well structured style.
Wine Spectator: Red berry flavors are crisp and spicy in this medium- to full-bodied red, which features good cut to the finish of savory herb and licorice notes. Drink now through 2016. 10,000 cases made. –KM
A passionate advocate of the Mediterranean Art de Vivre and owner of benchmark estates in the South of France, Gerard Bertrand reveals all the unique expression of the ‘Terroirs’ of the region.
The Minervois region, a vast amphitheatre up against the Montagne Noir, has always been a pole of attraction as witnessed by such famous historic monuments as the Chateau de Minerve. The soils, dating from the Eocene era, cover the stony, essentially limestone slopes of the Montagne Noir.
|Wine maker notes
|All the grapes are picked by hand only. After the harvest has been completely de-stemmed, each varietal grape is vinified separately in order to allow each to fulfill its potential. Syrah and Carignan go under a partial carbonic maceration.
After the malolactic fermentation in vats, the different grape varieties are blended and the wine is matured in 225-litre Bordelaise barrels for eight months.
After fining and bottled, the wine is kept for additional months before being released.
|From the discovery of the Tautavel man to the Roman hegemony in Narbonne, via the Visigoth occupation and the Cathar heresy, Languedoc-Roussillon’s past is steeped in rich history. At the beginning of the 20th Century, a phylloxera epidemic, coupled with overproduction and widespread fraud, wrought havoc for winegrowers, who subsequently decided to revolt. Since the 1950s the wines of the Languedoc have become increasingly refined, and the best estates now produce wines of truly exceptional quality. Gerard Bertrand is determined to drive this progress even further, through continued innovation and by creating internationally-renowned appellations and wines.