The choice of the best red wine

In France, the best red wines are all different

Reputation and renown, the best French red wines are often associated with red wines from the Bordeaux or Burgundy region, two wine regions producing an incredible amount of great wines, such as Pommard or Nuits -Saint-Georges in Burgundy, and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru or Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux.

However, this limitation to only two regions when one wishes to select the best French red wine would be a real mistake. Indeed, many other terroirs produce very great wines, such as Alsace, Provence, the Rhône Valley and the Languedoc-Roussillon region.

France is a country of great climatic and geographical diversity, which explains why the French territory produces very different wines, each with their own characteristics.

Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon or Côtes du Rhône, for example, offer a very interesting compromise between power and delicacy. Cuvées such as Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas and Vacqueyras are among the most prestigious appellations.

Further south, in the Occitanie region, the grapes benefit from maximum sunshine thanks to the Mediterranean climate, and allow the production of generous, powerful and unctuous wines.

This is particularly the case for the Grands Vins Gérard Bertrand selection, which brings together bottles that are among the best French red wines. Examples include cuvées from Château l'Hospitalet, Château de Villemajou or Château de Soujeole, three exceptional wines with a unique character.

In addition, criteria such as vintage or grape variety are parameters to take into account when selecting a bottle of red wine.

If the vintage offers slight variations in terms of tastes and flavors, the grape varieties used reveal their full character without hesitation:

We thus find:

  • The Pinot Noir (Haute Vallée de l'Aude), supple and delicate
  • The Merlot (Aude Hauterive, Malepère), round, soft and silky
  • The Syrah (Minervois La Livinière, La Clape), power and suppleness
  • The Grenache (Terrasses du Larzac, ), ample and full-bodied
  • The Carignan (Corbières-Boutenac), tannin, power and structure

Find all our red wines and the Gérard Bertrand wine collections.

Conventional red wine or organic red wine?

Whether it concerns a conventional red wine or an organic red wine, one of the questions that can be asked when looking for the best red wine is to know its manufacturing process, from the cultivation of the vine to the vinification phase

In fact, new cultivation processes, more respectful of the environment, have appeared in recent decades, offering consumers more ecological alternatives, such as organic wines, or biodynamic wines.

Today, visionary winegrowers with strong ecological convictions like Gérard Bertrand have specialized in the production of exceptional red wines from organic and biodynamic cultivation, this is particularly the case for the Grands Vins du Château L'Hospitalet (AOP La Clape), or Château La Sauvageonne (AOP Languedoc), two high quality cuvées made according to biodynamic principles.

When looking for the best red wine, organic red wines now represent an interesting alternative, being more in line with changes in mentality regarding the impact of man on his environment.

A selection of our best red wines

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Discover our various descriptive pages on red wine:

The red wine in France

Organic red wine

Languedoc organic wine

Biodynamic wine Demeter

Also discover:

The orange wine

The rosé wine or the best rosé wine

And learn more about Gérard Bertrand wines:

Its Languedoc-Roussillon wine properties

His know-how

The Biodynamics
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