Gérard Bertrand Chardonnay Blend Crémant de Limoux 2008
Cultivate simplicity, Charles Lamb counselled his friend Coleridge, advice many wine growers might heed. Gérard Bertrand is something of a phenomenon in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Initiated into wine by his father George, he worked at Domaine Villemajou in Corbières while still at school, before pursuing a successful career in rugby captaining Stade Française, participating in trials with the French national team, and, on retirement becoming President of Narbonne. In fact, at the end of his rugby career, Gérard Bertrand decided to create a business reuniting the best winemakers of the Languedoc in order to give a new dimension to his own winemaking activities. Although we are not slaves to the varietal we do acknowledge that they are useful introductions to wine. For years we have sought consistency and quality across a range of vin de pays, looking for the same rigorous application that you might find in appellation controllée wines. Bertrand's wines successfully link the grape variety to the terroir to expertise in the winery. Grapes are harvested manually, and yields are naturally low, whilst the vinification process helps to determine the cleanest and most characterful expression of the fruit. All these wines represent stunning value. The Chardonnay shows attention to detail. It has lovely golden yellow colour with green tints, a nose suggestive of ripe fruit: white peach, passionfruit with a touch of honey and is mouthfilling and unctuous with flavours of vanilla, grilled nuts, and buttered exotic fruits. Try with prawns or langoustines on the barbecue.
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A bright yellow chardonnay with hints of green. Fragrances of white peach, apricot, toasted bread, and white flowers mingle with flavors of vanilla, toast, butter, and various fruits. A long and lively finish that goes well with lobster, white meats, and soft cheeses.
<p>This 100% Chardonnay has been fermented in oak and aged on the lees. The palate features notes of lemon and white fruit, with nutty and floral accents. </p>
Dietary Information: Organic