G?rard Bertrand's first vintage was in 1975, when he picked his first grapes at the family estate in Corbi?res, nestled in Provence, France. It would be almost 20 years before he would establish his own brand, which would go on to become one of the most revered wineries in France.
We have featured many wines from Bertrand in the past, and all have been sensational. When he first started, the Provence was considered one of the lesser areas in France. It was winemakers like Bertrand, who insisted on growing better grapes and making better one than their predecessors, who turned the tide here. Obviously, his efforts have paid off handsomely, as this area is now one of the most sought-after areas around.
Bertrand was one of the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc as well as several of the Bordeaux varietals. His wines proved that you could make great wine in Provence instead of selling it in bulk to producers in other areas.
This selection is nothing short of a revelation. The grapes are picked before they are too ripe, to protect their delicate acidity. Only 10% of the wine is aged in oak barrels, to give it just a lift as opposed to an overstatement.
The result is a truly lovely expression of the grape. Melon, pear, peach and lemon peel are just the beginning. The mid-palate shows a wonderful spice component as well as that perfect, citrusy, telltale finish.