The rise of organic red wine

The breakthrough of organic red wines in France

A few years ago, the production of organic red wine was confidential, the quality of the wines, although more respectful of the environment, did not come up to the best traditional red wines.

But recently, with the conversion of a large number of winegrowers to organic farming, and after years of experimentation and learning, new 100% organic vineyards are emerging, and the quality of production improves year after year, to the delight of modern oenophiles, as much attracted by quality wines as concerned by environmental concerns.

This is particularly the case of Gérard Bertrand, winemaker, entrepreneur and visionary, who has succeeded in combining his passion for wine and the French way of life with deep ecological convictions.

This son of a winegrower has thus developed for more than 20 years a whole range of quality organic and biodynamic red wines, such as the vintages of Château l'Hospitalet, or Domaine de Cigalus.

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

The differences between a traditional red wine and an organic red wine

Differences in the manufacturing method

A organic red wine is, as its name suggests, produced entirely from organic farming.

The entire wine design process thus respects the European AB certification. This certification includes both the vine cultivation phase, viticulture, and the wine creation phase, vinification.

All the inputs used for the vines, such as fertilizers, or the products used during winemaking, are all themselves certified organic.

Chemical fertilizers and other pesticides are of course prohibited when producing organic red wine or best red wine.

Unlike a traditional red wine, an organic red wine provides consumers with guarantees regarding strict compliance with an ecological winemaking method, which is more respectful of fauna and flora.

The differences in tasting

When it comes to the final product, a good red wine is above all a question of people and know-how. The winemaker and the oenologist always have a prominent place in the conception of a quality red wine.

We can thus highlight the work of Gérard Bertrand and his teams of talented winegrowers and oenologists, who offer consumers high-end organic wines, such as plots L'Hospitalitas, or La Sauvageonne, exceptional wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region

After making this first selection on the quality of the producer, the taste differences between a traditional red wine and an organic red wine are numerous.

First of all, an organic red wine is a more delicate wine than a traditional red wine, which must be taken care of so that it delivers its full flavor potential.

This fragility is due in particular to the much lower use of sulphites (sulphur).

Organic wine is thus more digestible, better for your health. On the other hand, it is necessary to pay particular attention if you want to take advantage of all its taste characteristics.

An organic red wine needs to be opened one or two hours before tasting.

At the tasting level, organic red wines deliver more finesse, with a very present balance between tannins, fruit and alcohol.

Organic red wines generally have a lower alcohol content.

By having more balance, they offer a greater aromatic palette, with flavors and aromas more focused on the fruit, and less on sugar or alcohol.

A selection of our organic red wines

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Discover our various descriptive pages on red wine:

Languedoc organic wine

The red wine in the south of France or the best red wine

Demeter biodynamic wine

Also discover:

The rosé wine or the best rosé wine

The orange wine

And to discover the universe and the Gérard Bertrand wines:

Its Languedoc Roussillon wine estates

TheGérard Bertrand family history and his know-how

The biodynamics

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