Gerard Bertrand Château La Sauvageonne Rose La Villa Languedoc 2018
£259.56 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - France
Region - Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape Varieties - Grenache 65%, Mourvèdre 25%, Vermentino 7%, Viognier 3%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Gérard Bertrand
Tasting notes - A bouquet of crushed strawberries, sweet spice is complemented by floral notes of violet and hawthorn. Powerful and generous, with a velvety texture and a revitalising freshness, this wine is built on tension and stamped with a brilliant salinity.
91 Pts, Robert Parker, 2019
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A beautifully stylish floral pale rosé showing peach and cranberry fruit combined with oak and herbal notes and a lovely, long white peppery finish.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France. A biodynamic pioneer, he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and winner of Wine Enthusiast‘s European Winery of the Year, Gérard has been cited as the “King of the Languedoc” among critics. Acquired in November 2011, Château la Sauvageonne is located northwest of Montpellier. With a long winemaking history, this Château is a legendary site. The combination of its orientation, its situation on the Larzac terraces at 300 metres altitude and the exceptional volcanic terroir, produces stunning wines of unique character.
While 2017 had a dry summer with lots of berries and not much juice, 2018 had enough occasional rain to fill the grapes with juice. The harvests took place under excellent conditions, delivering good quality crops and bringing 2018 in line with previous years; with the promise of a very good vintage. Vineyard
The estate is located to the North West of Montpellier, situated on the terraces of Causse du Larzac at between 150 and 350 metres of altitude. The vineyard's orientation, combined with its exceptional terroir gives it a unique character. The landscape is moulded by the region’s volcanic past. The soil consists of stones derived from sandstone or schist for the first 30 centimetres and then a layer of clay. Specifically the soil is made up of “Ruffes” which is a thin, filtering soil rich in minerals such as bauxite, iron and aluminium; and sandstone with shale, which allows the creation of a water reserve. The area is influenced by wide temperature ranges, with warm, sunny days and cooler, fresh summer nights influenced by the sea breeze. These diurnal temperature differences are beneficial encouraging a slow, progressive ripening of the berries.
The grapes were hand-picked between sunrise and 10am, in order to retain freshness. The Grenache and Mourvèdre came from plots of old vines on the hillsides, which produce low yields of small berries. The Vermentino and Viognier are cultivated on the schist hillsides. The Grenache was co-fermented with the Vermentino and the Viognier. Full bunches of grapes were immediately pressed and only the free run juice and the juice from the first press were used. After a cold settling, the fermentation began in vats with natural yeast, followed by a partial fermentation in oak. 80% was matured in French oak.
A bouquet of crushed strawberries, sweet spice is complemented by floral notes of violet and hawthorn. Powerful and generous, with a velvety texture and a revitalising freshness, this wine is built on tension and stamped with a brilliant salinity.
Grenache 65%, Mourvèdre 25%, Vermentino 7%, Viognier 3%
91 Pts, Robert Parker, 2019
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