Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2014 (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) "...raspberry compote, red plum, dried herbs..."
#55 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Though growing up in a wine producing family, Gerard Bertrand's path to top winemaker is a little more circumspect. At the age of 19 he became a top rugby player in the French leagues where he had a distinguished career for 17 years, even serving as captain of Stade Francais. During his career as a player, he came back to wine following his father's untimely death. For a time, Bertrand was both vigneron and player. After his retirement from rugby, his focus came primarily to wine and pushing himself to become one of the Languedoc-Roussillon's most prominent producers. He now owns and manages over a dozen estates and vineyards all throughout the appellation making some of the most rewarded and recognized wines from the region. Oh, and he pushes them to all be farmed organically and biodynamically! No small feat, for sure. The Corbieres is one of his flagship wines as this was his home region. Always polished and full of southern Rhone-styled fruit, this Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre blend captures the silky elegance of Corbieres with its lightly rustic edge.
"Full-bodied and powerful, with decadent layers of raspberry compote, kirsch and red plum notes that are met with savory details of herb and cured meat. Offers a tangy, hot stone?–accented finish. Drink now through 2025." - 90 Points, Wine Spectator