Gerard Bertrand Clos d'Ora Minervois La Liviniere 2016

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Gerard Bertrand Clos d'Ora Minervois La Liviniere 2016

Country - France

Region - Languedoc-Roussillon

Grape Varieties - Carignan 0%, Grenache 0%, Mourvèdre 0%, Syrah 0%

Alcohol by volume - 15.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Gérard Bertrand

Tasting notes - Deep garnet in colour, Clos d’Ora is characterful, opulent and distinguished with a full and intense palate. Notes of deep black fruits envelop the mature and textured tannins, through to a long, sophisticated finish. Excellent ageing potential. 

Awards
94+ Pts, Robert Parker, 2019

Gerard Bertrand Clos d'Ora Minervois La Liviniere 2016

Densely coloured with earthy and eucalyptus notes
enhanced by hints of coffee. Textured, smooth and
long.


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. Clos d’Ora is considered to be his ‘first growth of
the Languedoc’ and is Gérard Bertrand’s masterpiece. It took him and his team 17
years to create this wine. Exceptional terroir, scrupulous berry selection and a
biodynamic approach and philosophy result in a wine that is dense, textured,
smooth and long.


Vintage
2016 was characterised by warm and sunny weather during the summer with cool,
fresh nights. Dry conditions helped to keep the vines healthy. The lack of rainfall in
some regions resulted in smaller yields of concentrated juice. Rainfall in September
alleviated water stress, resulting in good quality wines with great flavour intensity.


Vineyard
This nine hectare vineyard, enclosed by dry stone walls, is located at La Livinière in
the Minervois at an altitude of 220 metres above sea level. At Clos d’Ora, Bertrand
has opted to use biodynamic methods for working the vines, using horses and mules
to foster connections between minerals, vegetables, animals and humans. The soils
are composed of chalk, sandstone and marl. Leaf thinning takes place before the
harvest and the grapes are entirely hand-picked.


Winemaking
Each grape variety and each parcel was macerated in separate batches in
unlined, thermoregulated precast concrete vats. The Syrah grapes were destalked,
vatted and vinified. The Grenache and Mourvèdre were destemmed and lightly
crushed before vatting under strict temperature control. They underwent a very
gentle maceration in order to limit the extraction of tannins, with some pumping over
for aeration and humidification of the cap only. Finally, the Carignan grapes were
whole bunch fermented at higher temperatures to extract the maximum of aromas.
The wines then spent 12 months in French oak barrels. The wines were blended after
the Spring Equinox, first the Syrah, then the Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan.


Tasting Note
Deep garnet in colour, Clos d’Ora is characterful, opulent and distinguished with a
full and intense palate. Notes of deep black fruits envelop the mature and textured
tannins, through to a long, sophisticated finish. Excellent ageing potential.


Grape
Carignan 38%, Syrah 34%, Grenache 21%, Mourvèdre 7%

Awards
94+ Pts, Robert Parker, 2019

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