Gerard Bertrand Domaine de l'Aigle Haute Vallee de l'Aude Pinot Noir 2017

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Gerard Bertrand Domaine de l'Aigle Haute Vallee de l'Aude Pinot Noir 2017

Country - France

Region - Languedoc-Roussillon

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Gérard Bertrand

Tasting notes - Aromatic Pinot Noir with bright notes of raspberry and cranberry accompanied by spicy top notes. Elegant and smooth on the palate, with exceptional structure and a long, silky finish.

Gerard Bertrand Domaine de l'Aigle Haute Vallee de l'Aude Pinot Noir 2017

Aromatic notes of raspberry and cranberry are
accompanied by delicate hints of spice, soft and
smooth with a long-lasting, silky finish.


Producer Note
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 and is formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and former
winner of Wine Enthusiast‘s European Winery of the Year. Domaine de l’Aigle lies
under the cliff of Roquetaillade, near Limoux, close to a nesting site for Bonelli’s
eagles, a protected species from which the estate takes its name. The estate covers
31 hectares in the foothills of the Pyrenees, with vines planted between 250 and 500
metres above sea level, making it one of the highest vineyards in the Haute Vallée
de l’Aude. The sustainably grown vines thrive in an oceanic climate with continental
influences and wide temperature ranges which combine to produce wines with
startling freshness and exceptional minerality.


Vintage
2017 saw the growing season start with a cool and wet winter. It was a challenging
vintage in the Languedoc, notably due to spring frosts in April which damaged
many vineyards in the region. A warm summer helped to restore the vegetative cycle
and hotter periods encouraged the berries to reach good maturity levels. The
harvest was the earliest in recent years, with lower yields than usual, but high quality.


Vineyard
The Pinot Noir vines flourish in the climatic conditions of the Haute Vallée de l’Aude as
they are similar to those of Burgundy, where the variety originated. The oceanic
climate with continental influences, frequent rainfall and a wide temperature range
offer excellent conditions for gradual ripening, allowing the grapes to produce
concentrated fruit flavours, balancing acidity and complex aromas. The vines are
grown in compliance with the rules of sustainable agriculture set by Terra Vitis and
the grapes were hand-harvested.


Winemaking
The grapes were separated from the bunches and sorted thoroughly to remove all
stems and leaves. The fruit then underwent pre-fermentation cold maceration for five
to eight days, with frequent cap punching. In the early stages of fermentation, the
grape skins were punched-down, little by little, to ensure optimal extraction of
aromas and tannins; this was followed by stirring. The maceration process lasted
approximately three weeks. The must was then lightly pressed in a pneumatic
pressing machine, separating the free-run juice from the pressed juice. The free-run
juice was cooled for 24 hours and then 80% was transferred to French oak barrels for
nine months of malolactic conversion and ageing; the remainder was matured in
vat to retain the purity of fruit. The wines were then blended together after racking.


Tasting Note
Aromatic Pinot Noir with bright notes of raspberry and cranberry accompanied by
spicy top notes. Elegant and smooth on the palate, with exceptional structure and a
long, silky finish.


Grape
Pinot Noir 100%

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