Gerard Bertrand La Forge Corbieres Boutenac 2018

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Gerard Bertrand La Forge Corbieres Boutenac 2018

Country - France

Region - Languedoc-Roussillon

Grape Varieties - Carignan 50%, Syrah 50%

Alcohol by volume - 15.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Gérard Bertrand

Tasting notes - Deep mature cherry colour, an explosive nose opens onto grilled toast spices and clove. The palate reveals powerful and elegant aromas, reminiscent of caramelised red fruits. This is an exceptional wine with soft tannins and a spicy finish.

 

Gerard Bertrand La Forge Corbieres Boutenac 2018

An intensely flavoured and concentrated wine packed
with exotic plum fruit, dark chocolate and figs. Lovely
and rich expression of the warm and savoury flavours of
the South of France.


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. 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. With vineyards situated in the inland region of the
terroir of Boutenac in Corbières, La Forge is a single parcel of a ‘gallet roulé’ soil
which was planted with Carignan vines more than a hundred years ago. It was the
favourite of Gérard Bertrand’s father and each vintage pays homage to Georges
Bertrand.


Vintage
2018 saw significant rainfall during winter which continued into spring. Flowering and
fruit-set took place under good conditions. The summer was hot and dry, but the
vines avoided water stress due to the soil’s water reserves from the wet winter. An
Indian summer ensured the grapes reached good maturity and the harvests took
place under excellent conditions and produced grapes with concentrated fruit and
balancing acidity.


Vineyard
The remarkable quality of this wine lies in the exceptional quality of the grapes and
the age of the Carignan vines, which are 100 years old. Yields are low at 25
hectolitres per hectare and a green harvest takes place to ensure maximum
concentration of flavour in the berries. The soils in the vineyard are made up of
stones from the Miocene period.


Winemaking
The fruit was manually harvested. Whole grapes were transferred to vats, without
crushing and each variety was vinified separately by whole-bunch maceration. The
wines then went through malolactic conversion before the blending of the different
varieties. 80% of the blend was matured in new 225 litre oak barrels for a period of 12
months; the barrels were carefully selected according to origin and toast-level. The
wine was bottled without filtering and then cellared for a further 12 months prior to
release.


Tasting Note
Deep mature cherry colour, an explosive nose opens onto grilled toast spices and
clove. The palate reveals powerful and elegant aromas, reminiscent of caramelised
red fruits. This is an exceptional wine with soft tannins and a spicy finish.


Grape
Carignan 72%, Syrah 28%

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