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Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir Cotes du Rousillon Villages 2011

External Review by WineExpress.com:

The dynamic Gerard Bertrand is owner of more than five estates in Southern France. He was named European Winery of the year in 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In the Cotes du Rousillon village of Tautavel he has almost 800 acres of estate vineyards, owning about 90% of the entire appellation. The soils are rocky limestone chalk and clay and the vines are very low yielding. Warm climate varietals as in the Rhone valley, offer great expression here. This "Grand Terroir" is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Carignan. The wine is aged 10 months in oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 91 points saying "This is an immediately attractive and approachable wine, with direct and intense aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum and boysenberry accented by notes of sweet smoke, mocha and pepper. Firm yet approachable, this is well-balanced with structured tannins and ample acidity. Drink from 2015-2018."

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Gérard Bertrand:
Gerard Bertrand quickly developed a wine merchant business by selecting winemakers and estates that shared his sense of what was called for. In order to express his talent as a winemaker beyond his native appellation of the Corbières, he chose to invest in other wines of the Languedoc with strong potential. In 1994 he bought the Cigalus Vin de Pays d’Oc parcels, then three years later the 58 he... Read more
Gerard Bertrand quickly developed a wine merchant business by selecting winemakers and estates that shared his sense of what was called for. In order to express his talent as a winemaker beyond his native appellation of the Corbières, he chose to invest in other wines of the Languedoc with strong potential. In 1994 he bought the Cigalus Vin de Pays d’Oc parcels, then three years later the 58 hectares of Château Laville-Bertrou in Minervois La Livinière. A forerunner in the Languedoc, Gerard Bertrand understood the evolution in consumer behavior towards expressive, well-balanced and elegant wines. By offering great wines at fair prices his success was immediate. The Prestige Wines of Gerard Bertrand quickly became the quality reference in the opinion of the professionals. In the footsteps of his father, Gerard has been contributing to the epic story of the Languedoc in these past years; he is the payee of the qualitative changes made to a good number of Languedoc terroirs and estates. He notably defends Boutenac as a terroirs and fights for its recognition by the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine). In return of his efforts, and as a proof of the quality of his wines, consumers quickly take up Gerard Bertrand’s wines and repeat it again … the development of his business acknowledges this success. Read less

External Reviews for Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir Cotes du Rousillon Villages

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Source: WineExpress.com
05/08/2015

The dynamic Gerard Bertrand is owner of more than five estates in Southern France. He was named European Winery of the year in 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In the Cotes du Rousillon village of Tautavel he has almost 800 acres of estate vineyards, owning about 90% of the entire appellation. The soils are rocky limestone chalk and clay and the vines are very low yielding. Warm climate varietals as in the Rhone valley, offer great expression here. This "Grand Terroir" is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Carignan. The wine is aged 10 months in oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 91 points saying "This is an immediately attractive and approachable wine, with direct and intense aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum and boysenberry accented by notes of sweet smoke, mocha and pepper. Firm yet approachable, this is well-balanced with structured tannins and ample acidity. Drink from 2015-2018."


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2008 03/18/2015

The dynamic Gerard Bertrand is owner of more than five estates in Southern France. He was named European Winery of the year in 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In the Cotes du Rousillon village of Tautavel he has almost 800 acres of estate vineyards, owning about 90% of the entire appellation. The soils are rocky limestone chalk and clay and the vines are very low yielding. Warm climate varietals as in the Rhone valley, offer great expression here. This "Grand Terroir" is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Carignan. The wine is aged 10 months in oak barrels. Wine Spectator scored it 90 points saying "This offers the essence of blueberry, displaying touches of spicy elegance and a luscious mouthfeel. Very pure and well-structured, with a long, cocoa powder-infused finish. Drink now through 2018."



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