Chateau La Sauvageonne Pica Broca Gérard Bertrand 2018

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PRODUCER NOTE

Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of LanguedocRoussillon. Named in 2012 as the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast’s European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the “King” of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. Twenty years of know-how ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand’s signature have a unique style driven each day by four fundamental values: excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. We firmly believe Gérard will become one of the leading French names in the UK.

VINEYARD

Château la Sauvageonne has a legendary location. It has an exceptional exposure, situation and terroir which combined together, lend it its unique character. Situated in the Terrasses du Larzac appellation, in the central and northern areas of the Hérault department, it backs onto the uplands of the Causse du Larzac. The climate here is subject to great diurnal temperature swings, with the distance from the sea and the proximity of the Causse lending a certain coolness to the summer nights, which is beneficial for a slow and progressive ripening process. The vineyard soils are made up of Ruffes, sandstone and schist.

WINEMAKING

The grapes were hand-harvested at the optimum polyphenolic ripeness, then meticulously sorted before being transferred to temperature controlled vats. Each grape variety was vinified separately. A proportion of the Syrah was vinified in complete bunches, using carbonic maceration. The Grenache was destemmed, before a traditional maceration and vinification under controlled temperatures. Maceration lasted around 20 to 25 days. At the blending stage a minute quantity of Carignan was added from one of their top quality plots. The wines were then transferred to new 225 litre barrels, where they matured for a period of between 12 and 16 months.

TASTING NOTE

Intense ruby colour with amber tints. The bouquet is characterised by aromas of the garrigue, stewed black fruits and spice, with subtle notes of gingerbread. On the palate the cuvée Pica Broca shows fine, elegant tannins, is well balanced with a pleasing liveliness on the finish

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