Chateau l'Hospitalet

AOP La Clape

Chateau l'Hospitalet

The wines of the estate

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AOP La Clape
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Château l'Hospitalet is nestled in the heart of the protected La Clape massif, a former link in the Pyrenees chain, a Phoenician and then Roman island, the cradle of the vine in France. From the 13th century, the Hospices de Narbonne settled on La Clape, linked to the mainland by the alluvial deposits of the Aude since the end of the Middle Ages.Documents from 1561 attest to its mission of welcoming and sharing with pilgrims.This vocation of hospitality inspired Gérard Bertrand who made L'Hospitalet the beating heart of his action around the Mediterranean art of living, since he acquired the property in 2002. The Château now has a hotel, a gourmet restaurant, a tasting and sales cellar, an Art Space and a rich offer of sensory tours around wine Music was missing: in 2004, the château hosted the first “Jazz à l’Hospitalet” festival, which today has become an international benchmark.

History

Overlooking the Mediterranean, in the heart of the protected massif of La Clape, this estate proudly wears the stuff of wines from the South. Its vocation was born in the 13th century. The estate then became the home of the Narbonne hospices. Gérard Bertrand, when it was acquired in 2002, chose to make it a Mecca for the Mediterranean art of living by combining culture, gastronomy and art in all its forms. With its 3-star hotel, restaurant, tasting cellar and numerous oenological activities, it revives the motto of the Hospitalet “sine vino, vana hospitalitas” (without wine, hospitality is futile). Throughout the year, this art of living sets the agenda for the estate. And especially in summer for the Jazz Festival.

Character & Nature

L’Hospitalet is the result of a nice game of chance. La Clape retains from its past as an island, in Roman times, a flora and fauna that make up its heritage: it is classified as a nature reserve. Nestled in the heart of 1000 hectares of preserved scrubland, the terroir of L'Hospitalet is protected from the vagaries of the weather by a cliff. Truffle, mulberry and olive trees form tasty ramparts bordering the vines. Their aromas carried by the wind, which breaks through them, permeate the wines of the estate. L'Hospitalet also enjoys one of the sunniest climates in France, balanced by the Mediterranean humidity. The soil plays on the duality between marl rich in mineral elements and dry and draining limestone. The latter, very white, reinforce the resonance of the sun on the vines. They give the wines a unique luminous balance, in addition to the freshness and salinity characteristic of limestone terroirs. Each vintage reinterprets the ingredients of this formidable terroir in its own way.

Winemaking

In red as in white, the wines of L'Hospitalet offer their unique luminous balance, sublimated by the culture in biodynamics since 2013. The Mediterranean expresses itself in majesty, with a view of La Clape and the rich fruit of the accents of the scrubland that hem its valley. The sea and the limestone unite in the structure on the tension, carried by a salivating freshness and a greedy salinity. The Grand Vin rouge is a blend of the best parcels of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache noir. Each is vinified separately and blending takes place in February. The wine is then put in barrels for 12 months, then bottled on a fruit day of the lunar calendar, respecting the rhythms of biodynamics. The Grand Vin blanc is a blend of Bourboulenc, Grenache blanc and Viognier. Some of the wines are aged in barrels (70%) and the rest in vats to preserve their freshness.

Château l'Hospitalet, "Between Land and Sea"


n.m. (Latin hospitalitas, -atis), a place combining all the art of living and the essence of southern wines.