Icons Le Viala, L’Hospitalitas, La Forge $69
Estates Dmne. Cigalus, Ch. L’Hospitalet $25 to $49
Sparkling & Dessert Cremant de Limoux & Rivesaltes $25 to $35
Grand Terroir Tautavel & Pic Saint Loup $18.99
aoc – Terroir Corbieres & Minervois $14.99
Reserve Speciale viognier, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon
$12.99 Suggested Retail Pricing
Gérard Bertrand Excellence from the Rugby Field to the Vineyard Timeline 1965 Birth: January 27th in Narbonne (Aude). 1975 Georges Bertrand instructs his son Gérard in his first harvest experience at Domaine de Villemajou in Boutenac, in the Corbières (Aude). 1983 Gérard graduates high school and starts his studies in sales techniques and in sport at Toulouse. 1984 Starts his high-level rugby career at Narbonne His rugby career will continue and progress for a decade. 1987 Begins working in August at Villemajou with his father. Georges passes away in October. 1992 Creation of the Gérard Bertrand company. Initial estate purchases include Domaine Cigalus in SaintAndré-de-Roquelongue (Aude) and Château Laville Bertrou in La Livinière (Hérault). 1993-1994 Named Captain of the Stade Français Paris rugby team. 1996 Marries Ingrid. They have two children, Emma and Mathias. 2002 Takes over Château l’Hospitalet and becomes a hotelier and restaurateur in the process. Ingrid Bertrand creates a range of local products reflective of the Mediterranean lifestyle. 2007 Purchases Domaine de l’Aigle in Roquetaillade, near Limoux.
From promise to practice A pioneering spirit passed from father to son Gérard Bertrand inherited his passion for wine and his love for the Languedoc region from his father Georges. Georges was a pioneer in winemaking and vineyard management, who succeeded in getting winegrowers to work together to enhance quality as far back as the 1970’s in the South of France. Gérard Bertrand always knew he would be a winegrower and that he would carry on that tradition started by his father, as well as his passion for excellence and dedication to the highest quality.
Unlocking the potential of the languedoc Gerard has transferred the grit and determination from his days of playing rugby at the highest levels to the art of winemaking. Although his stadium days are behind him, he remains committed to the values of performance and excellence that shaped him over those years, with the ultimate aim of perfection. Gerard’s ambition is to reveal the full potential of the Languedoc by becoming the benchmark producer for quality wines in the region.
A dedication to the Mediterranean lifestyle Gérard Bertrand owns five unique estates in the best growing areas of the Languedoc. With the purchase of the fourth estate, Château l’Hospitalet in 2002, the Company took on even bigger ambitions. L’Hospitalet is more than just an exceptional estate overlooking the Mediterranean Sea: it is also the Group’s head office and a venue dedicated to the glory of Mediterranean lifestyle, wine-growing culture, food music, the arts and tourism.
The Recognized Leader in Premium Wines from the South of France Signature The wines bearing the Gérard Bertrand signature share a common identity: balance, elegance and a
pure expression of fruit. They are representative of the best that the Languedoc has to offer. The name
Gerard Bertrand on a bottle of wine is a guarantee of quality and is recognized world wide as a symbol of passion and dedication to the art of winemaking and an embrace of the Mediterranean lifestyle. The
omnipresent Visigoth cross on the labels dates back to the 7th century and is the proud emblem of Gérard Bertrand wines. This cross is the first version of what was to become the Languedoc cross centuries later.
Portfolio The Gerard Bertrand portfolio showcases a complete range of wines: from fruit forward every day drinking, dessert and
sparkling wines, limited estate bottlings and iconic wines that are emblematic of the very best that the region has to offer. • • • • • •
Reserve Speciale - 6 varietal wines AOC - Terroir - Minervois and Corbieres Grand Terroir – Tautavel and Pic Saint Loup Estate Wines - Gerard Bertrand Estates Icon wines - L’Hospitalitas, La Forge, Le Viala Natural Sweet Wines and Sparkling – Rivesaltes and Cremant de Limoux
Estate Vineyards Gérard Bertrand owns five estates in the finest wine-growing areas of the Languedoc, and offers a range of select wines that exemplify the best that the region has to offer. The 800 acres of vineyards express the individual distinctiveness of the region and offer a multitude of choices for the wine consumer. • • • • •
Domaine de Villemajou, Corbières-Boutenac (345 acres) Château l’Hospitalet, Coteaux-du-Languedoc (200 acres) Château Laville Bertrou, Minervois-La-Livinière (140 acres) Domaine de l’Aigle, near Limoux (60 acres) Domaine Cigalus, Vin de Pays d’Oc (48 acres)
About Gerard Bertrand The Company
Distribution and Sales Gérard Bertrand has been making exciting wines for over two decades and has gained international recognition as a leader in premium wines from the south of France. The company self distributes in France and the wines are available in
international markets covering more than 40 countries (100 countries forecast for 2010). 50% of gross revenue (€14m.) comes from international sales, of which 70% is from 5 main markets: the UK, Germany, the United States, Canada and Japan.
A brand strategy for the South of France The Gerard Bertrand Brand Strategy is built around two pillars: 1. Five Gerard Bertrand estates 2. Trading Activities The company enjoys close partnerships with 10 cooperative wineries and 4o winegrowers in Languedoc-Roussillon. Gerard’s most recent project is the embrace of the Tautavel AOC. Production of these wines under the Gerard Bertrand label will represent 85% of the total wine marketed for the entire appellation through an exclusive partnership with the appellation’s four cooperative wineries. The initial contract for this exciting venture is for 10 years. The aim of this alliance is the promotion of the Cotes du Roussillon Village – Tautavel AOC, and to elevate it in prominence as a premier growing and winemaking region in the South of France. The wine tourism business, which includes a hotel, restaurant, cultural events, arts fairs and the production of regional food specialties, brings additional revenue, prestige, and image to the name Gerard Bertrand.
Gerard Bertrand Estates
Ch Laville Bertrou
Dmne Cigalus Dmne D’Aigle
GĂŠrard Bertrand Essentials to producing great wine Quality grapes
Exceptional fruit makes great wines. The search for the best vineyard sites and most favorable growing conditions is a never ending quest for Gerard Bertrand. Constant care and respect for the environment instructs our vineyard practices whether they be producing grapes organically or managing entire vineyards biodynamically.
Our estate vineyards contain blocks of old vine fruit, many of which are 80 plus years old. Every effort is made to protect these important ancient vines, which naturally produce lower yields and very concentrated fruit that embody the best of the terroirs. On younger vines, Gerard Bertrand is among the most aggressive in all of France in severely limiting yields through short pruning and as needed, green harvesting.
During the growing season, out team of vineyard managers closely monitor the developing fruit. At harvest time, daily lab samples yield important information, but the grapes are still tasted from the length and breadth of the parcels to give a human input into maturity and taste. The key is to pick the grapes at ultimate ripeness to create wines of balance, finesse, elegance and concentration.
Gerard Bertrand, while embracing innovation and change, is also firmly committed to the time honored and proven winemaking skills of traditional methods. Vinification techniques are adapted to best serve the vagaries of each vintage and for every important decision, tasting is primary. At the blending stage, every consideration is given to the search for harmonious components and seamless integration.
Ageing that respects balance
The domainâ€™s red wines are aged 12 months in barrel. Additional bottle aging helps to refine the wines before release. The goal is that upon release the wines will be approachable, in balance and remain age worthy.
Reserve Speciale The Reserve Speciale wines are meant to emphasize the quality of fruit that exists in the south of France when one keeps a strong eye on lower yields and grape maturity. Each varietal is signified by forward fruit, elegance and balance in an everyday drinking style. Blended to reflect the uniqueness of the Mediterranean climate, each wine expresses true varietal character. The name Gerard Bertrand on the label is a guarantee of quality.
Terroir Corbieres & Minervois Gérard Bertrand, as the leading producer of premium wines from the south of France is a true believer in the incredible potential and uniqueness of its AOC wines (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) The combination of distinctive growing areas, strict rules on yields, vinification and ageing, produces wines of incredible personality and style..
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1. Strong producer branding with company cross – “seal of approval” across entire line. 2. Easy to identify vintage date. 3. AOC designation – “Sense of place”. 4. Varietals clearly defined on label – no guess work needed. 5. Gérard Bertrand Signature is strong personal endorsement – indication of ultra premium wine quality.
Grand Terroir Tautavel & Pic Saint Loup The Grand Terroir wines reflect extraordinary quality from small village AOC’s. Tautavel, located in the Cotes de Roussillon is one of the 4 sub appellations of the AOC and is quite an exciting project for Gerard Bertrand. Gerard is working closely with the leading co-ops of Tautavel as partners for the next decade in producing the majority of wine from this outstanding village. Fleshy, sauvage fruited wines with beautiful length and depth. The vineyards of Pic Saint Loup are located amongst the scrubland known as the ‘haut garrigue’ and are dominated by two distinctive peaks, the Montagne de l’Hortus and the Pic St Loup itself. Because the immediate region is the transition point from the coastal plain to the higher, inland plateau, its climate is noticeably cooler than many other Languedoc wine growing regions. The wines from this rugged terrain generally show very forward, upfront fruit, spicy elegance, and more refinement than others from the region.
Chateau L’Hospitalet A legendary spot in La Clape Lying between Narbonne and the Mediterranean Sea on what was once an island,
Château l’Hospitalet is Gérard Bertrand headquarters and includes 2500 acres of moorland
and 200 acres of vineyards. This extraordinary location in the heart of the La Clape hills combines the perfect site conditions needed for making great wines.
In 2002, the acquisition of what is one of the finest vineyards in the south of France was a
dream come true for Gérard Bertrand. The native son’s ambition is to share his passion for world class wines in this unique spot in La Clape, by making it the reference point for Mediterranean “art de vivre”.
As well as being a renowned vineyard, L’Hospitalet is also a unique tourist destination with a wine-tasting cellar and a charming hotel offering 38 luxury three-star rooms looking out over
the vines. In addition the property boasts a restaurant serving new French cuisine in a
refined bistro setting. In the summer is the annual jazz festival with scores of great performers, and there is a variety of crafts workshops and an art gallery. L’Hospitalet has
bcome a favorite for large groups, the wine press, consumers and those who just want to enjoy a getaway to the heart of the Languedoc growing region.
Domaine Cigalus Respect for the Environment & the vineyard. The Quest for the Perfect Blends With Cigalus, purchased in 1995, Gérard Bertrand came upon the terroir he
had been in search of for many years; a site where the noblest of red and
white grape varieties can express themselves in an exceptional and original manner while keeping the authentic Mediterranean personality that is the key to the identity of Languedoc wines.
The 48 acres of the estate are planted with Chardonnay, Viognier and
Sauvignon for the White wine, and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for the Red. Quality is taken to the extreme here, and Gérard Bertrand has decided to set the estate on the ambitious road towards biodynamic farming, shifting gradually towards a vineyard that is in complete harmony with its natural environment, as well as producing exceptional wines.
The entire vineyard and operations are set up at Cigalus in the quest of making the finest red and white blends year after year.
2007 Business Traveller Award Cellar in the Sky Best White Wine in Business Class
Served in Air France Business Class Cabin
2nd Place Best Red Wine in Business Class Served in Air France Business Class Cabin
International Wine of the Month Club
“The Languedoc's finest proprietary red and white wines”
Cremant de Limoux
Cremant De Limoux Rose & Brut Rose
Salmon rose colour with very fine bubbles. Liveliness, rich and pleasant. Complex bouquet with red fruit aromas (strawberry, raspberry) and toasted bread notes. Very good long length. Serve at 10°C as an aperitif, with delicately smoked fish or salted, sweet or spicy food. Ideal with fresh red fruits dessert. The Crémant de Limoux is a sparkling wine resulting from the blending of three varietals: Chardonnay gives the fine bubbles,Chenin gives its sparkling freshness and elegant structure and the Pinot which gives its exceptional colour.
A blending of the Mauzac, Chenin and Chardonnay grapes. Golden yellow. Crisp, lively and elegant. Delicate aromas of white flowers and pear. Hint of hazelnut expand into a light honeyed texture and long persistent bubbles. Ideal as an aperitif, this sparkling also pairs well with salads, fish and chicken dishes.
Did you know? Blanquette de Limoux is considered to be the first sparkling white wine produced in France, created long before the Champagne region became world renowned for its sparkling wine. The first manuscript mention of blanquette [from the Occitan word for "white"], appeared in 1531 in papers written by Benedictine monks at an abbey in Saint-Hilaire. They detail the production and distribution of Saint-Hilaire's blanquette in cork-stoppered flasks. The region's location, north of the cork oak forest of Cataluña, gave Limoux producers easy access to the material needed to produce secondary fermentation in the flask, which produces the bubbles commonly associated with sparkling wine. Local legend has it that Dom Pérignon invented sparkling white wine while serving in this Abbey before moving to the Champagne region and popularizing this new sparkling wine. When the term Crémant was introduced for non-Champagne sparkling wines in France, an AOC for more "modern" or internationally-styled sparkling wines, was created in 1990. The origin of that decision occurred a year earlier, in 1989, when the producers of Limoux had to decide on whether or not they wanted to maintain the traditional style of Blanquette de Limoux based on the Mauzac grape only or relax the AOC regulations to allow the introduction of more Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Limoux producers were split on what direction they wanted to go, so the provisional appellation of Crémant de Limoux was introduced to allow the producers to make the style of sparkling wine that they preferred and still sell it under an AOC designation.
The term â€œVins Doux Naturelâ€?, naturally sweet wines is something of a misnomer, since like all other fortified wines, fermentation is arrested by alcohol addition in order to preserve the necessary sugars. Around half of all French vins doux naturels are from Rivesaltes, a region granted an AOC in 1936. Vintage Rivesaltes, like vintage port, matures in bottle. Fruit that was still young and berry like when bottled, takes on complexity and nuance with age. Tannin and alcohol subside as the wine ages and matures and becomes smoother, softer, more harmonious and richer in texture and bouquet. The 1985 Rivesaltes is an amazing wine, made entirely from the traditional Grenache Noir varietal. The wine is characterized by itâ€™s amber and terracotta hues and a nose of caramelized sugars, dried currants, glazed walnuts, toffee, raisins and dried plums. This style of Rivesaltes is perfect with ripened cheeses such as Stilton, chocolate-orange petits fours, hazelnut rum cake, chocolate crusted plum galette or bittersweet chocolate mousse.
Experience the Passion
Le Viala Grape varieties: Syrah 60%, Grenache 25%, Carignan 15% Appellation: Minervois La Livinière The La Livinière terroir naturally limits the production of each vine, and their deep roots ensure that they are able to withstand the low rainfall and scarcity of water. The slow ripening process is helped along by long days of abundant sun. Le Viala: plots of Château Laville Bertrou In the west of the Languedoc region, the vineyard of Château Laville Bertrou stands on sunny terraces on the hillsides of the Coteaux du Minervois, around the picturesque village of La Livinière with its remarkable Moorish-looking bell tower. The region has long been famous for the quality of its wines. There is even evidence of a letter by Cicero to the tax collector Fonteleus, reproaching him for the excessive taxes on the fine wines of Cella Vinaria – the “wine cellar” – which gave its name to the village of La Livinière. From the Wine Spectator GÉRARD BERTRAND Minervois La Livinière Le Viala 2005 91 Ripe and concentrated, with extracted flavors of blackberry, kirsch, mocha and dark chocolate. Powerful, with notes of kirsch and cassis on the finish. Needs some time to settle down. Syrah, Grenache and Carignane. Best from 2008 through 2012. 500 cases made. –KM
Experience the Passion
L’Hospitalitas Grape varieties: Syrah 50%, Mourvèdre 40%, Grenache 10% Appellation: Coteaux de Languedoc La Clape The Hospitalitas plot is located at the bottom of a 30-metre cliff which protects it against the north wind, creating a microclimate in the heart of this historic vineyard. Syrah gives the wine its incredible color, spice and meatiness, while Mourvèdre contributes a backbone of ripe plums and a velvety quality and Grenache adds upfront forward fruit, a great bouquet and light toned mineral notes. L’Hospitalitas: plot of Château l'Hospitalet In 2002, former rugby player and winegrower, Gérard Bertrand purchased this jewel in the crown of the Languedoc. Gerard, a true son of the land, is now sharing his passion for terroir wines on this unique site of the Massif de La Clape. Château l'Hospitalet has 82 hectares of vines and 1,000 hectares of garrigue and is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The wines are made in a modern winery, fermented in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel, matured in oak barrels, and aged in an underground cellar (2,000 casks). GÉRARD BERTRAND Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape l'Hospitalitas 2004 93 A powerful, pure-tasting red, with concentrated flavors of cassis, blackberry, licorice and dark plum. Deft winemaking here, with a long, long finish of mineral, spice and hints of smoke. Impressive for its focus and structure. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2014. 402 cases made. GÉRARD BERTRAND Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape l'Hospitalitas 2005 93 A big, powerful red from the south of France, with concentrated flavors of dark plum, kirsch, dark chocolate and plenty of spice. Ripe and fullbodied, with a long finish of mocha and cocoa powder, backed up by medium-grained tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases made.
Experience the Passion
Experience the emotion
La Forge Grape varieties: 50 Carignan, 50% Syrah Appellation: Corbières The plots used for this exceptional wine stand on a hilltop hamlet that dates from the Miocene era. The blend of Syrah and old vine Carignan gives this cuvee an extraordinary depth with fine aromatics and finely textured tannins. This wine is a tribute to Georges Bertrand, the pioneering father of Gérard Bertrand, who contributed greatly to the quality elevation of the Corbières appellation. La Forge: plots of Domaine de Villemajou Domaine de Villemajou covers 140 hectares previously known as Ville Major. It is the first known winemaking estate in Corbières. This Octavian villa was a famous holiday and farming location. In the Middle Ages, the Domaine de Villemajou belonged to Villemajac Abbey in Villemagne l’Argentière, famous for its silver mines. This estate has very old Carignan vines grown in the traditional “gobelet” style. The exceptional Miocene land is made up of southfacing slopess with poor gravel soils forcing the vines to root deeply, which protects them from the excesses of the Mediterranean climate. GÉRARD BERTRAND Corbières La Forge 2005 90 A full-bore, dense, ripe style, with loads of rich, powerful flavors of dark plum, kirsch, blackberry and dark chocolate. Has lots of meaty notes, finishing with cocoa and mocha. Carignane and Syrah. Drink now through 2015. 800 cases made. –KM
Recent Reviews Score GÉRARD BERTRAND Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape l'Hospitalitas 2004 93 $65 A powerful, pure-tasting red, with concentrated flavors of cassis, blackberry, licorice and dark plum. Deft winemaking here, with a long, long finish of mineral, spice and hints of smoke. Impressive for its focus and structure. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2014. 402 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Feb 28, 2007 GÉRARD BERTRAND Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape l'Hospitalitas 2005 93 $65 A big, powerful red from the south of France, with concentrated flavors of dark plum, kirsch, dark chocolate and plenty of spice. Ripe and full-bodied, with a long finish of mocha and cocoa powder, backed up by medium-grained tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Oct 31, 2007 GÉRARD BERTRAND Minervois La Livinière Le Viala 2003 93 $65 An extracted, exotic style, with sandalwood and olive aromas and layers of gorgeous red and black fruit flavors. Supple tannins are laced with licorice, smoke and bacon fat notes. Finishes with dark chocolate. The Martha's Vineyard of the Minervois? Carignane, Grenache and Syrah. Tempting now. Best from 2006 through 2010. 800 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Aug 31, 2005 GÉRARD BERTRAND Vin de Pays d'Oc Cigalus Red 2005 91 $48 A ripe, powerful red, showing loads of dark plum, blackberry and mint, with plenty of grip. The long finish oozes dark chocolate, with hints of pepper. Drink now through 2012. 2,000 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Dec 31, 2007 GÉRARD BERTRAND Minervois La Livinière Le Viala 2005 91 $65 Ripe and concentrated, with extracted flavors of blackberry, kirsch, mocha and dark chocolate. Powerful, with notes of kirsch and cassis on the finish. Needs some time to settle down. Syrah, Grenache and Carignane. Best from 2008 through 2012. 500 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Oct 31, 2007
Recent Reviews GÉRARD BERTRAND Corbières La Forge 2005 90 $65 A full-bore, dense, ripe style, with loads of rich, powerful flavors of dark plum, kirsch, blackberry and dark chocolate. Has lots of meaty notes, finishing with cocoa and mocha. Carignane and Syrah. Drink now through 2015. 800 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Oct 31, 2007 GÉRARD BERTRAND Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape Château l'Hospitalet La Reserve 2005 90 $22 A robust red, with good definition to the berry, cherry and plum flavors. There's also plenty of spicy notes, with mineral and chocolate on the finish. Well-balanced and nicely structured. Drink now through 2010. 6,000 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Dec 31, 2007 GÉRARD BERTRAND Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé La Clape Château l'Hospitalet La Réserve 2005 89 $21 Powerful and fresh. Berry, dried cherry and plum flavors, with notes of sea salt and pepper. Creamy finish, with dollops of raspberry ganache. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now. 6,000 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Feb 28, 2007 GÉRARD BERTRAND Vin de Pays d'Oc Cigalus White 2006 88 $48 A ripe style, with heady flavors of pineapple, pear, mango and spice. Balanced, with a long finish of cream and smoke. Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2010. 1,000 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Dec 31, 2007 GÉRARD BERTRAND Syrah Vin de Pays d'Oc Collection 2002 88 $14 An aromatic, concentrated red, with plenty of dark plum, raspberry and licorice flavors. Rich and full-bodied, with elegant notes of mineral and smoke on the finish. Well-done in a tough vintage. Drink now through 2008. 8,500 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Aug 31, 2005 GÉRARD BERTRAND Minervois La Livinière Château Laville Bertrou 2004 88 $20 Ripe, with a meaty allure and loads of dark plum, dark cherry and smoke flavors that extend on the espresso-filled finish. Try with flank steak. Drink now through 2010. 6,000 cases made. –KM Country: France Region: Languedoc-Roussillon Issue Date: Feb 28, 2007
Ultimate Buying Guide JAN 31, 2008
TOP SCORES 2007
The wines listed in this section are the highest scoring new releases in their respective categories for the year 2007.
France - Languedoc & Roussillon
Gérard Bertrand Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape l'Hospitalitas 2005 Gérard Bertrand Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape l'Hospitalitas 2004 Mas du Soleilla Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape Clôt de l'Amandier 2005 Agly Brothers Côtes du Roussillon 2003 Domaine Calvet-Thunevin Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Hugo 2003 Domaine Gardiés Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Tautavel Vieilles Vignes 2005 Mas du Soleilla Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape Clôt de l'Amandier 2004 Mas du Soleilla Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape Les Bartelles 2005 Mas du Soleilla Coteaux du Languedoc White La Clape Réserve 2005 Domaine Le Pas de l'Escalette Coteaux du Languedoc Le Grand Pas 2004
Score 93 93 93 92 92 92 92 92 92 92
Price $65 $65 $74 $39 $50 $23 $36 $34 $42 $32
Winery history, portfolio of wines, estate vineyards and current reviews.