The wines of the estate
Revealed to Gérard Bertrand by a ray of sunshine crossing the bell tower of La Livinière, as if drawn by a luminous brushstroke on a Saint-Jean morning, the Viala plot invites the three grape varieties of the Minervois appellation La Livinière (Syrah, Grenache, Carignan) at an altitude of 250 meters This plot is located in a universe of low walls and capitelles in dry stones, Minervian landscape par excellence, which forms a causse in balcony on the valley of the Aude: the Cella Vinaria was already a center of wine production in Languedoc in Antiquity.
Gérard Bertrand acquired Château Laville-Bertrou in 1997, two years before the village became a communal cru of La Livinière within the AOC Minervois. Already recognized by the Romans who called it “Cella Vinaria”, wine cellar, La Livinière is the capital of the sun of an appellation already among the warmest in France. appellation, Laville-Bertrou produces wines that express nt the quintessence of this atypical terroir. The 75 hectares of vineyards of Château Laville Bertrou are made up of very fragmented plots, separated by stone walls mounted in keyways (on the edge, to limit erosion) and strewn with capitelles (shelters for the winegrowers and their tools) .These stone walls are characteristic of the property. The dry sandstone stones come from the plots, their extraction then the assembly of the walls represent a long and patient work which requires a real know-how.
Character & Nature
Laville-Bertrou owes the depth and the complexity of its wines to the unexpected combination of one of the sunniest and hottest climates in France and a limestone subsoil containing a large quantity of water. The vines must bury their roots deeply to reach it through a mosaic of stripped marl, associated with calcareous sandstone and compact limestone dating from the Eocene (tertiary era). The altitude, up to 230 meters, brings even more freshness and thermal amplitude, a promise of aromatic precision in the wines. The feeling of peaceful serenity that emanates from the vineyard in sunny terraces, surrounded by scrubland under the song of the cicadas, almost makes you forget the titanic work that the dry stone walls that support them represent. The fragmentation of the many plots of Syrah, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre and old Carignan vines makes working in the vineyard a daily exercise in rigor and patience. Behind the solar generosity of the wines of Laville-Bertrou, hides a labor of strength and long-term, coupled with a miracle of nature in the basement. The grapes come from sustainable agriculture, in compliance with the Terra Vitis approach, which guarantees traceability of cultivation practices verified by an independent body.
After the manual harvest, the grape varieties are vinified separately: the Carignan and the Syrah are vatted in whole bunches and undergo a carbonic maceration followed by an alcoholic fermentation at low temperature which preserves their aromas of fresh and crunchy fruit. Grenache and Mourvèdre are de-stemmed and undergo traditional maceration. The wines are racked at the end of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, blended and then put into 225-litre Bordeaux barrels, for an aging period of 10 to 12 months depending on the vintage. Alliance of Mediterranean wisdom and the mad passion of hard work, the wine of Laville-Bertrou speaks, serenely and effortlessly, of the scrubland that surrounds the vines and of the sun that lulled it. Between genius and madness, it traces a delicious line that passes through specific points: in A, the crunch of very fresh black and red fruit, in B. the tannins present but melted, in C. the long and delicately toasted finish .
Château Laville-Bertrou, "Of Work and Miracle"
Occitan: The Villa Bertrou, from the Germanic berhauthari, from berhaut - famous and hari - military: the house of the famous warrior): an area where the miraculous gifts of nature are appreciated in serenity but are conquered with great struggle.