Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of LanguedocRoussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast’s European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the “King” of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. 20 years of expertise ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand’s signature have a unique style, driven by the values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. In 2020, Gérard Bertrand was awarded Green Personality of the Year, by the Drinks Business Green Awards. We are proud to represent this leading French name in the UK.
2020 will be remembered for its extraordinarily changeable climate. The mild, wet winter generously replenished groundwater reserves, allowing budbreak to occur early. The warm, wet spring beat all records for temperatures and rainfall, stimulating intense growth, good foliage development and early flowering. The typically Mediterranean summer, with the absence of rain and high temperatures, allowed the vines to mature serenely. Harvesting began on August 18th, 10 days ahead of usual, with each variety being picked at optimal maturity. 2020 promises to be an exceptional vintage.
In the Héritage range, Gérard Bertrand highlights the history and the expression of the terroirs of the South of France, by celebrating a date which has marked the history of the appellation. Narbonne, the first Gallic Roman colony, was founded in 118AD and the wines of Narbonne have been exported all over Europe since these ancient times. The vineyard benefits from the Mediterranean climate, with long sunshine hours and dry growing season combined with the cooling influence from the nearby Mediterranean Sea, which results in concentrated fruit with naturally balancing freshness. The claylimestone terroir allows for the perfect ripening of the berries and produces elegant wines with a naturally fresh profile.
The grapes were hand-picked and then went through a manual double-sorting process before and after destemming, to ensure only the top quality fruit was vinified. Vinification lasted for a period of four weeks in temperature-controlled vats, where fermentation took place with wild and selected yeasts. Once complete, the wine was aged in vats for eight months. This cuvée was made in an unoaked style to showcase purity of fruit and the nuances of the Narbonne terroir.
Fresh fruit character abounds in this southern French blend, rounded and supple with blueberry and violet notes leading to an abundance of fresh black fruit and an elegant finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Syrah 50%.
Coteaux de Narbonne