2019 Gerard Bertrand Chateau L Hospitalet La Reserve La Clap (White)
2019 Gerard Bertrand Chateau L Hospitalet La Reserve La Clap (White), Languedoc-Roussillon, France,
Chateau L’Hospitalet La Reserve white has a beautiful golden color with green tints. Woody scents with vanilla and mocha, accompanied by notes of citrus, apricot and peach blending in the nose and developing into honey notes. The fullness, strength and rounded body are counterbalanced by great freshness and a real aromatic complexity with aniseed, mint and garrigue scents with toast and citrus developing into honey-sweet notes. Elegant and balanced, this cuvee has great character and a nice long finish.
Gerard Bertrand’s wines show off the unique character of microclimates throughout the South of France. This wine is sourced from his estate, Chateau l’Hospitalet, nestled in the heart of the rocky massif of La Clape in the Languedoc. The La Clape appellation is a 600 foot high limestone plateau that was once an island in ancient times and is now part of a nature preserve. The limestone rich soils are ideal for Syrah (60%) which is the main grape along with Grenache (30%) and Mourvedre (10%). The cooling effects of the sea and altitude allow the grapes to ripen fully but slowly, retaining excellent balance. Gerard Bertrand farms all of these vineyards biodynamically. The hand-picked grapes receive a long maceration up to 25 days and then aging in oak barrels for 8 months.
La Clape is an appellation within the Languedoc zone in Southern France. The title, introduced in for the 2015 vintage, was the first communal AOP in the region to cover both red and white wine. Previously La Clape was classed as a named subzone of the Languedoc AOP, and before that the Coteaux du Languedoc AOC.
Ranked in the top 10 for number of awards won among wines from this region: the International Wine Challenge awarded the 2008 Gold, Trophy and the Decanter World Wine Awards awarded the 2007 vintage Gold.