Guide Hachette des Vins 2022: Eight great Gérard Bertrand wines rewarded
Of the 35,000 French wines tasted blind in 2021 by professionals in the wine world, the juries of the Guide Hachette des Vins 2022 selected 8,000. The selection has just been released and eight wines from exception Gérard Bertrand get a reward this year. A look back at the award-winning wines with details of the tastings.
L'Aigle Royal Pinot Noir, IGP Haute Vallée de l'Aude, 2018, 2 stars: A light ruby color, in good taste for a Pinot Noir, and a full-bodied, intense nose, pleasant compromise between the brilliance of the fruit (red) and the vanilla imprint of the barrel. A fruity intensity that does not weaken in a rather chiseled mouth, of a lightness of good quality, supported by silky tannins. A tasty and refined pinot noir.
Tautavel Hommage aux vignerons, Red, AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel, 2019, 2 stars: The nose is marked by a note of cherry eau-de-vie , then opens on black fruits. Balance and imposing material, nuanced with leather and liquorice, are present in this wine in the making.
Domaine Georges Bertrand Cuvée d'Exception, Red, AOP Corbières Boutenac, 2019, 2 stars: A blend of 4 grape varieties aged 6 months in barrels. Ripe fruit, garrigue, roasting, a fresher touch: the nose is not lacking in seduction. Generously woody, the palate, round on the attack, firmer on the finish, is just as seductive. Modern and flattering.
L'Indomptable de Cigalus Rouge, IGP Aude Hauterive, 2019, 1 star: no less than 8 grape varieties blended in this warm red, well in tune with the vintage. We remember its deep ruby color, its richly fruity and spicy nose and its opulent mouth which charms with its heady roundness, its well-coated tannins and its warm scents of blackberry jam and spices.
L'indomitable de Cigalus Blanc, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020, 1 star: A favorite in the 2018 vintage, this cuvée comes back to us in great shape. Reserved at first, the nose diffuses brioche and toasted notes from vinification and aging in wood. Aging that accompanies a round and fat mouth, with frank notes of pastry, quickly refreshed by a good acidity. A modern, structured, table white that offers good cellar potential.
Réserve Gérard Bertrand Fitou, Red, AOP Fitou, 2019, 1 star: Carignan carbonic maceration and traditional Grenache maceration, this classic fitou has a garnet color with purple highlights. The nose is fine and elegant, on red fruits, sweet spices and oak. The mouth offers aromas of cherry and toast, supported by melted tannins and a slight freshness.
Tautavelissime, AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel, 2019, Red, 1 star: Violine garnet, this wine with woody notes appears ample and robust. Empyreumatic notes are present. A wine to keep in the cellar.
Château La Soujeole Grand Vin Rouge, AOP Malepère, 2019, Red, 1 star: This premium blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec will have spent 12 months in barrel . The nose reminds us of this with its vanilla notes on a background of crushed black fruits, with a discreet animal touch. Ample and intense on the attack, the palate is firmly structured, powerful, marked by wood and vigorous tannins. A beautiful building that invites patience.