Range of premium Gerard Bertrand wines added to Hallgarten portfolio
Hallgarten & Novum Wines has introduced three new wines to its portfolio, available to the UK On- and Off-trade, from one of the most awarded winemakers in the South of France, Gérard Bertrand. The new additions come as part of an extensive update to the entire portfolio which has seen over 80 new wines added in Autumn 2019 from across the winemaking world.
IWC Champion Red Wine 2019, Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge, La Clape 2017 has been added to the portfolio alongside its white wine counterpart: Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Blanc, La Clape 2018.
Situated on the coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Château l’Hospitalet is Gérard Bertrand’s home estate and is a the jewel in his crown. From vineyards located in AOP la Clape, the wines benefit from an exceptional terroir and are imbued with freshness from sea breezes, mineral depth and texture from the limestone soils and warm southern climate generosity. The vines are cultivated organically and biodynamically.
The third addition to the portfolio, Clos du Temple, Languedoc Cabrières 2018, is Bertrand’s vision of a fine and iconic rosé from the Languedoc. Located in the heart of the region, Clos du Temple is crafted from the historic terroir of Cabrières, which was made prominent in 1357 under the name “royally controlled” (“royalement contrôlée”) where the wines were served at the Sun King, Louis XIV’s banquets. The eight hectares of vines in the terroir are divided into a mosaic of seven small plots and are farmed following biodynamic principles.
The wine’s blend of Cinsault, Grenache Noir and Syrah are perfectly suited to the well-draining, well exposed schist soils, while Viognier and Mourvèdre add complexity to the wine. This unique blend is designed to mirror a temple: Grenache acts as the foundations, old vine Cinsault add columns and Syrah the walls, Mourvèdre acts as the architecture and touches of Viognier as the roof.
Gérard Bertrand, creator of the wines commented: “Château l’Hospitalet Grand Vin red is impressed with all the shades of its terroir of La Clape. Under the beneficial influence of the Mediterranean Sea, on the limestone rocks, surrounded by garrigue, olive trees and truffle oaks. All the biodiversity we have here empowers the wine and reflects our Art de Vivre.
“Clos du Temple is a creation inspired by a unique piece of soil that combines schist and limestone. The wine is also driven by the combination of grapes with the intention to keep it for ten or 15 years and let it develop tertiary flavours”.
Jim Wilson, Portfolio Director at Hallgarten & Novum Wines commented: “Gérard Bertrand is one of the shining lights of our portfolio and one of the truly stand-out winemakers of the Languedoc wine scene, producing exceptional premium wines each and every vintage. These three new additions to our portfolio epitomise the prowess of the region’s terroir, biodynamic winemaking and the quality of wine that can be produced by the winemaking team at Gérard Bertrand.”