Gérard Bertrand, a leading winemaker, producer and grower in the South of France, currently owns seven Languedoc with nearly 1,000 acres planted. He operates from the Château l’Hospitalet producing a variety of wines for different markets. Those reviewed here are fruit forward wines sourced from different parts of the region. They are generally ripe, flavorful and excellent with Mediterranean dishes and ripe cheeses. These wines are offered at attractive prices in view of their high quality. Importer: Gerard Bertrand Wines USA Sausalito, CA
Gérard Bertrand 2009 Saint Chinian ($20)
The 2009 Saint Chinian is a 50-50 blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It reveals a dark ruby purple color and has a fruit forward nose with red and black fruit aromas. Aged in French barriques for eight months, the wine shows concentrated fruit flavors with wild herbs, pepper and earth notes on the palate, a soft texture, and firm tannins on the finish.
Gérard Bertrand 2008 Terroir Minervois ($15) 90
The 2008 Terroir Minervois is a 50-50 blend of Syrah and Carignan. Dark ruby in hue and lush on the palate, it boasts abundant and ripe red and black fruit with loam and savory notes resulting from partial carbonic maceration and malolactic fermentation in tank. The wine is well-balanced, spicy and firm on the finish.
Gérard Bertrand 2009 Terroir Corbiéres ($15) 90
The 2009 Corbieres is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre. It displays an opaque ruby color with nicely integrated aromas of grilled meat, fruit and toasted oak. This is a substantial wine, big and fleshy with a soft texture, savory flavors, round tannins and a long finish.
Gérard Bertrand 2008 Grand Terroir Tautavel ($20) 91
The 2008 Grand Terroir consists of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Carignan, sourced from vineyards in the Côtes du Roussillon Village. Opaque ruby in color, it offers attractive aromas of blueberry with notes of violets, dark chocolate, and licorice. Medium weight on the palate, it is nicely balanced with good depth, soft round tannins, and a long finish. The top wine of this foursome.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler