Gérard Bertrand wine tasting notes by Jamie Goode
British wine specialist Jamie Goode joined Château l'Hospitalet last weekend to attend the Fête des Vendanges 2021. The Sunday Express wine columnist comes to publish his tasting notes relating to the Masterclass delivered by Gérard Bertrand and Andreas Larsson, best sommelier in the world.
Discover his tasting comments and notes:
Clos du Temple 2020 - AOP Languedoc Cabrières
Gérard Bertrand considers that this wine has an aging potential of 15 years. A blend of red grape varieties and Viognier, it is a structured wine with a largely fruity and spicy palette. A beautiful balance and a sense of harmony, combined with depth. The finely spiced thread runs through the fruit. The finish is marked by a touch of apricot and grape.
Domaine de L'Aigle Chardonnay 2020 - AOP Limoux
Region of Limoux, area of choice for Chardonnay on a vineyard located at 503 m altitude. It is a powerful, linear and spicy wine with rich notes of pear and peach, as well as very nice spicy aromas. Blend of richness and finesse.
Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Blanc 2019 - AOP La Clape
Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Viognier blend. Fermented in vats then transferred to oak barrels. Grapefruit and grape notes with spicy touches. A deep wine with character (wild herbs and a touch of saline). A beautiful fruit, mature and generous, with restraint and refinement.
Château de Villemajou Grand Vin Blanc 2019 - AOP Corbières Boutenac
Apricots, yellow plums and ripe citrus give structure to this wine. Rich and textured, with a refreshing saltiness. Fine finish: generous, meticulous, delicious.
Château La Sauvageonne Grand Vin Blanc 2020 - AOP Languedoc
Wine from the Terrasses du Larzac, blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier and Roussanne. Domain at 350 m altitude. Fermented in vats, then partially transferred to barrels. Herbs, spices and apricot on the nose, with nice details. The mouth has breadth and a nice volume. Rich notes of pear and a hint of honey.
Cigalus White 2019 - IGP Aude Hauterive
Domaine des Corbières. Partial fermentation in new oak. Powerful, broad and concentrated with hints of coconut and vanilla amid citrus and peach notes. Well defined with a nice personality. The finish is very lively with a touch of grapefruit.
Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir 2019 – IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude
Limoux. Aged for a year in oak barrels. Charming: fresh and generous at the same time with notes of cherries, plums and very nice notes of raspberry. Fresh, with a touch of tart cherry on the finish. Elegant, fruity and delicate.
Château La Sauvageonne Grand Vin Rouge 2018 – AOP Terrasses du Larzac
In 2011, Syrah was initially the engine of blend, supported by Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Grenache took over in 2015 to give an elegant wine, with notes of fresh and sweet cherries and plums. There are also some sweet berry notes. Concentrated but full of finesse with notes of olive and spice on the finish. Rich and balanced with a nice orientation.
Cigalus Rouge 2019 - IGP Aude Hauterive
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
Syrah and Carignan are vinified by carbonic maceration Aged in new oak. Beautiful freshness: the Cabernet Sauvignon makes its presence felt with an earthy grip, then comes the elegance of oak. Beautiful texture with great freshness and a good structure: a refined Bordeaux-style wine.
Château de Villemajou Grand Vin Rouge 2017 - AOP CORBIÈRES-BOUTENAC
Château La Soujeole Grand Vin Rouge 2017 - AOP Malepère
Appellation from western Languedoc, with an influence from the 'Atlantic. Blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Very nice freshness. Aromatic, pure and concentrated, with sweet cassis notes and some chalky notes. Touch of salinity. I like the freshness and finesse of this wine: it is bright with a beautiful aromatic character (dried meat and red fruits). Keep.
Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2019 – AOP La Clape
The limestone soils dominate this vineyard with a marine influence . Blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Aged for 12 to 16 months in oak barrels. Rich and magnificent nose: flowers, pepper, olives, meat with Syrah in the foreground. Character of the Garrigue. Surprisingly fruity and sweet on the palate with good tannins under cassis, blackberry and black cherry. Seductive and well-defined.
Clos d'Ora 2018 – AOP Minervois La Livinière
Exceptional site overlooking a geological fault, blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Grenache. Rich, powerful, concentrated with a light texture and great depth of plum, cherry and blackberry. Concentrated and soft at the same time, without any harshness. He's only a baby, but he's already very accessible.