January 08 2016
Celebrated on January 7th 2016 at Le Bristol Paris, the ceremony of the Grand Prix of the RVF Men of The year 2016, has elected 12 winners. Gérard Bertrand is Wine Merchant of the Year.
Pierre Citerne, journalist on the Tasting Board of the RVF has given the trophy to Gérard Bertrand and signed a portrait published today in the magazine:
"In an economically and socially changing Languedoc Wine world, Gérard Bertrand has proven himself to be a leading star in just a few years. The path of this ex-rugbyplayer from Narbonne, with indisputable charisma, is both a personal and a group adventure.
From his family home of Château de Villemajou, he was the first president of the Corbières-Boutenac Appellation syndicate and gave it the defining push. He had the sense to choose the organic path early, allowing young wine growers, by buying their organic grapes as a wine merchant, to launch and perservere in this path particularly adapted to the South of France climate.
Now owner of eleven wine estates in the South of France, he contributes to the quality and reputation of Languedoc wines. The testimony of his contribution is his last revelation, Clos d'Ora, Super Premium wine from The Minervois-La-Livinière appellation. To a lot of people, Gérard Bertrand has become the strongman of the Languedoc region."