2017 Gerard Bertrand Minervois La Liviniere Clos D’Ora
2017 Gerard Bertrand Minervois La Liviniere Clos D’Ora This 2017 blend is rich and flavourful. Blended from Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, and Grenache, there are aromas of blackberry, raspberry and black plums, along with notes of mocha, anise, cedar and spice. Full bodied on the palate, with rounded rich flavours, medium+ acidity, and soft, drying tannins. Fruit notes on the palate are rich and rounded, and blended well with hints of spice, cedar, and smoke hints. Lovely. Enjoy with a Sunday roast beef dinner.
In 1997, when he had just acquired Laville Bertrou in the heart of the Minervois, Gérard Bertrand visited the vines. At the turn of a plot, he feels a feeling of eternity, like a distant call, which regularly comes back in his dreams and becomes clearer. Everything speaks to him of an exceptional place between dry stone walls. Each time he enters this part of the vineyard, the signal is there. Gérard Bertrand realizes that these vines are located precisely on a unique contact zone: a geological fault between limestone and marl soils.
The Clos was delimited in 2000. Biodynamic cultivation is an obvious choice for the soils that called for the creation of this place. Next to old Carignan and Grenache, he plants Syrah and Mourvèdre. On the culminating point, on the site of an old sheepfold, the building is constructed, again in accordance with the principles of biodynamics. It houses an open-air vat room that encourages the interaction of the wines with the stars, a maturing cellar where the sun only comes in at the summer solstice, and a meditation area. On September 4, 2014, after 17 years of reflection and research, the 2012 vintage will be revealed.