Gérard Bertrand, owner of several notable wine-growing estates in the South of France, is a passionate advocate of the Mediterranean art of living. The Grands Terroirs range gives wine-lovers the opportunity to discover the unique character of this region.
Tautavel is a village in the Roussillon region, ideally located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. Tautavel is steeped in history, recognized as one of the cradles of human civilization. The vineyards are planted on pebbly soils, on limestone-rich terraces and south-east facing hillsides.
VINIFICATION AND MATURING:
Work in the vineyard starts by selecting the most suitable plots of land for each variety. The grapes are harvested once they have reached peak maturity, determined by regular tasting, and are sorted twice: once in the vineyard and again in the winery. The fruit is vinified in the traditional manner, the grapes are de-stemmed and then undergo maceration for 3 to 4 weeks. The must is then pressed before malolactic fermentation begins.
33% of the wine is transferred to barrels and matured for 9 months, while the rest matures in the vats.
An intense, radiant robe with a subtle brown tinge.
Intensely fruity on the nose, with red fruit and raspberry aromas underpinned by complex, spicy notes.
A wonderful combination of supple tannins and delicate notes of scrubland and spices on the palate.
Sporting a deep, saturated ruby color, the 2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Grand Terroir checks in as a blend of 40% each of Grenache and Syrah, with the balance Carignan. Ripe black fruits, chocolate, licorice and smoked herbs give way to a ripe, sexy, concentrated and rounded effort that’s a classic Old World fruit bomb. Drink this beauty over the coming 5-6 years. - Jeb Dunnuck 90 Points