Organic Languedoc wine from the Gérard Bertrand estates

Discovering an organic wine that respects the environment

Reconciling the production of excellent organic wines with respect for nature is a strong commitment on the part of Gérard Bertrand.

This valiant man and true ambassador of environmental protection is today the world leader in organic wines.

Over the years, Gérard Bertrand has taken over 14 estates spread throughout Languedoc-Roussillon and supported them in their transition to a cleaner production method. Today, the bet is won: all the plots of vines are at least labeled AB, and the wines brilliantly express the terroir from which they come.

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What is an organic wine?

An organic wine is a wine made according to the principles of organic farming, i.e. farming without herbicides, GMOs and other chemical fertilizers.

For the winemaker, this means applying these principles to the entire wine-making process, from growing the vines (viticulture) to transforming the grapes into wine (vinification).

An organic wine is made from grapes themselves certified organic, as well as all the additions (inputs) necessary for the proper transformation of the grapes into wine (yeasts, fining product, etc.).

A certified organic wine is thus produced from quality vines, according to practices that respect the environment.

Obtaining the Bio “AB” label requires compliance with strict specifications established by the European Union (Regulation No. 203/2012).

Recently, the CAB (Conversion en Agriculture Biologique) label appeared and makes it possible to identify winegrowers in the Occitanie region who have undertaken the process of transforming their vines into organic farming.

To ensure the proper conduct of organic producers, independent organizations approved by the INAO (National Institute of Origin and Quality) are responsible for certifying and monitoring compliance with the specifications of the Label . Among these independent bodies, let us quote for example, for organic wines from Languedoc: Ecocert, Certisud, Qualisud, Alpes Contrôles, etc.

However, to obtain a quality wine, producing a vine without chemical products is not everything. Without human know-how, grape juice would inevitably turn into vinegar.

It is thus up to the winegrower, and the oenologist, to play a predominant role in the conception of an organic wine.

Discover the entire range and collection of organic wines from Gérard Bertrand.

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What are the benefits of organic wine?

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As we have just seen, producing an organic wine means being more ecological, more attentive to nature, which is why Gérard Bertrand now owns more than 950 hectares of vines labeled AB or in progress. conversion.

But what are the advantages of a wine from organic farming? And what are the differences with a traditional wine?

The main advantage of a quality organic wine, like a biodynamic wine, is that it expresses the full potential of the fruit. The grape, being respected during its development, delivers all its flavors.

A plot of vine certified AB is a guarantee of being in the presence of a vine that has received a homogeneous and balanced management, with the patience of a culture that goes in the direction of the plant , and not in the sense of productivity at all costs. With an organic wine, the development of the grape itself is as important as the work done by the man in the cellar. But let's get to the most important point, the taste!

It is generally found that organic wines, when they are of high quality, such as Languedoc Gérard Bertrand wines, deliver finer and more delicate flavors than a traditional wine. The balance of flavors is thus remarkable, with very present floral notes. One of the reasons for this balance is that it is a wine that is built less on alcohol than for a traditional wine.

Another taste characteristic typical of organic Languedoc wines is their exceptional minerality. This is particularly noticeable for the wines produced in the Gérard Bertrand estates, such as at Château de l'Hospitalet, an exceptional property located in the heart of the Massif de la Clape, a limestone terroir par excellence.

The explanation for this is that untreated grapes are much more concentrated in trace elements and minerals. This is what allows, when tasting wine, to find this mineral, fresh, almost saline flavor, especially for white wines.An organic wine, as we have seen, is a wine made by being closer to the essentials, to its fruit and its terroir. These flavors are subtle, balanced and reveal its history.

If we had to summarize, we could say that an organic wine does not lie, it simply expresses what it is.

And biodynamics?

We are convinced that biodynamic agriculture in harmony with nature is the best way to produce wines of excellence from our terroirs in the South of France. This is why we have started the conversion of our estates to biodynamic agriculture on the Domaine de Cigalus in 2002 and that by 2023 all the vineyards will be certified DEMETER.

Find out more about biodynamic wine in Languedoc.

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