When I visited the Languedoc for the first time, it was with the name Gérard Bertrand fresh in my mind.
I’d had the opportunity to read about Bertrand’s work and my friend had mentioned, more than once, the outstanding Festival de Jazz à l’Hospitalet that happens on the property each July.
As a writer with a biodynamics beat, Bertrand was on my radar as a leader in the field. Bertrand’s network includes Cigalus, the Aigle Estate, the Clos du Temple, Château La Sauvageonne, Château l’Hospitalet, Château des Karantes, Château Tarailhan, Château Aigues Vives, Château des Deux Rocs and Château de la Soujeole — all in compliance with Demeter Biodynamic® Farm and Processing Standards.
Bertrand has significant reach a stone’s throw from major hotspots in Herault and Aude: Carcassonne, Narbonne and Montpellier. Esteemed appellations such as Limoux, Corbiers and Minervois are represented by Gérard Bertrand.
Excellence, Innovation, Nature and Conviviality are the Bertrand philosophies. I’ve had the opportunity to taste several Gérard Bertand wines (some media samples, some purchased) and have teased out these themes from the stories behind these bottles.
Excellence: Terroir Minervois represents, to me, one of the finest growing regions in the Languedoc. Included in this relatively large appellation is La Livinière, one of the distinguished Languedoc crus.
Innovation:Perles De Sauvignon (as well as several other bottles, Cotes de Rose comes to minds) has intricate bottle details that set it aside from others on the shelf.
Nature: Expressed in Cigalus Blanc, as all vineyard functions are carried out in accordance with the moon and the sun under the guidance of the celestial calendar.
Here’s what you need to know (from our host, LM Archer):
What: Eclectic International food & wine pairings and discussion featuring Gérard Bertrand Wines 2018 Cigalus Blanc Biodyamic wine from IGP Aude Hauterive. Where: LIVE Twitter Chat: #winophiles @GBvins When: Saturday, May 18th, 2019 from 11 a – 12 n EST Who: The French #Winophiles Tasting Group & YOU Why: Find out more about internationally acclaimed biodynamic wine producer and former soccer star Gérard Bertrand, and try out a few tasty food and wine pairings !
Twitter account for the Gérard Bertrand Wines is: @GBvins
Twitter account for Gérard Bertrand himself is: @GerardBertrandO