Red Wine – Minervois AOP Château Laville Bertrou 75cl
- Characteristic varieties: Syrah, Grenache Noir, Carignan
- The terroir: The plots of Château Laville Bertrou are located on the exceptional Minervois terroir. Acquired by Gérard Bertrand in 1997, it produces powerful and characteristic wines similar to the great wines of Languedoc. Benefitting from a Mediterranean climate, semi-arid and temperate in winter, the vines have a full southern exposure at the heights of the village of La Livinière at around 120 m in altitude. The soil is composed of a mosaic of stripped marls, combined with sandstone and limestone, as well as compact limestone dating from the Eocene era (tertiary period). This type of terroir naturally limits the production of each vine stock, the deep rooting of the vines allow them to resist the weakness of precipitations and hydric stress, and finally the significant sunshine promotes slow maturation of the grapes
- The estate: The vineyard was given attentive care to ensure that its grapes would be of irreproachable quality, ripe, healthful and flavourful: the most recent plantations have a high density (5,000 to 6,500 stock per ha); the vines are arranged over high espaliers to guarantee a high leaf surface; the yields are controlled (under 45 hl/ha). The agricultural practices used in the vineyard adhere to the principles of integrated farming (Terra Vitis).
- The people: For over 20 years, Gérard Bertrand has been pursuing a single goal: to produce the best wines in southern France. Today, he is the owner of seven exceptional estates in Languedoc Roussillon. The Château Laville Bertrou is located in the municipality of La Livinière in the heart of the Minervois region. It is the northernmost vineyard of Bertrand’s properties. Acquired by Gérard Bertrand in 1997, it produces powerful and characteristic wines similar to the great wines of Languedoc.
- The wine: The robe has a bright, intense garnet colour. The nose offers a complex aromatic bouquet in which the scents of wild fruits mingle with woodsy and spicy notes. Sunny and generous, the onset is ample, fluid and smooth. Present, but round and soft, the tannins fade into delicate aromas of red and black berries. Fruity and balanced, its finish lingers on the palate with subtle woody notes. The grapes are harvested by hand when perfectly ripe and transported to the cellar in a comporte. The different varieties are then vinified separately to preserve their unique characteristics and the capacities of the terroirs.
The Carignan and Syrah are put into the vats in entire bunches and vinified through carbonic maceration over 15 days. The end of the alcoholic fermentation occurs at a low temperature. The Grenache is destemmed and its maceration can take up to three weeks.
The wines are racked at the end of the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation process, then transferred to 225 litre Bordeaux barrels for maturing over 10 to 12 months.
- Food pairing : Serve at 16°C with red meats such as a beef medallion with chanterelle mushrooms, game or ripened cheeses.