Gerard Bertrand Cremant Brut 2011

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Looking for something to uncork that's as elegant as Champagne, but you don't want to pay Champagne prices? Consider a Cremant (Creh-MAHN, with a French nasal N at the end if you want to go for it.) Cremant, looks like Champagne, with its wire cage and cork that comes out with a pop. It's frothy and bubbly in the glass, a French-made sparkling wine that's prickly, crisp and dry. Made in the same methode champenoise as Champagne. Cremant was established by the 1970s as formal category for sparklers from Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire, and Limoux. The wine makers of Limoux claim that they've been making sparkling wine since the 1500s, long before those upstarts from Champagne popped their first cork. Limoux is in the hills of Southwestern France not far from the medieval walled town Carcassone.

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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
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Looking for something to uncork that's as elegant as Champagne, but you don't want to pay Champagne prices? Consider a Cremant (Creh-MAHN, with a French nasal N at the end if you want to go for it.) Cremant, looks like Champagne, with its wire cage and cork that comes out with a pop. It's frothy and bubbly in the glass, a French-made sparkling wine that's prickly, crisp and dry. Made in the same methode champenoise as Champagne. Cremant was established by the 1970s as formal category for sparklers from Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire, and Limoux. The wine makers of Limoux claim that they've been making sparkling wine since the 1500s, long before those upstarts from Champagne popped their first cork. Limoux is in the hills of Southwestern France not far from the medieval walled town Carcassone.

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