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 fundamental values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. We are proud to represent this leading French name in the UK.
2014 was a good year in the Roussillon, with many areas avoiding the hailstorms that affected many parts of the Languedoc. Banyuls benefited from a dry summer, without excessive temperatures and produced wines of balance, concentration and complexity.
The boundaries of the Banyuls Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée production area run between the four ports of the Vermilion Coast: Collioure, Port Vendres, Banyuls and Cerbère, covering a total of 617 hectares. The soils are Cambrian grey schist and the vines are planted on steep hillsides facing the sea, on very narrow terraces supported by stone walls. These poor soils encourage very deep roots, imparting complexity to the wines. The vineyards are influenced by the nearby Mediterranean Sea, the mountains, the warm southern French sunshine and cooling coastal breezes.
The grapes were harvested by hand at optimum maturity. They were then destemmed and crushed, followed by a maceration period of between two to three weeks. Fermentation was arrested through the addition of alcohol, known as ‘fortification’. This technique, combined with the long maceration enables an optimal extraction of the aromatic and tannic substances and retains some of the natural sweetness. Pressing took place, followed by maturation. One part of the wine was aged in large oak barrels, while the remainder was aged in vats to preserve the freshness and fruity character of the wine.
Crimson red in colour with delicate purple tints, this wine reveals aromas of very ripe red fruits and wild berries on the nose. The full and rounded palate is beautifully balanced, showing jammy blackcurrant and blackberry, backed by distinctive woody notes and a long, elegant finish.
Grenache Noir 80%, Grenache Gris 20%