Gerard Bertrand, 'Heritage An 1618', Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, 2020

£12.50

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 values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. In 2020, Gérard Bertrand was awarded Green Personality of the Year, by the Drinks Business Green Awards.

In the Héritage range, Gérard Bertrand highlights the history and the expression of the terroirs of the South of France, by celebrating a date which has marked the history of the appellation. In 1618, the botanist Magnol named Piquepoul as one of the most famous grape varieties in Languedoc, in his book ‘Sylve Plantarium’.

The grapes are grown in a vineyard which borders the Mediterranean Sea, where the oceanic influence tempers the warm Mediterranean climate. The vines are grown in a limestone soil, which coupled with the oceanic breeze produces fresh, elegant wines. Winemaking To reduce the risk of oxidation, the grapes were picked at a time when the temperature was at its coolest, either during the night or very early in the morning. The juice was aged on its fine lees, in stainless steel vats for approximately six months, giving the wine added depth and character. 

Tasting Notes:

Rich and enticing aromas of citrus and hawthorn lead to a zesty palate of lemony flavours and a livewire acidity which keeps your taste buds tingling through to an invigorating finish.