The juice to produce Chardonnay Domaine de l’Aigle Gérard Bertrand was immediately extracted by delicate pneumatic pressing, cooled and left to settle before fermentation began. 75% was fermented in 225 litre French oak barrels, the remainder in vat to retain the purity of fruit. The Chardonnay Domaine de l’Aigle Gérard Bertrand was matured on its fine lees in oak barrels for six months where it underwent full malolactic conversion.
The Chardonnay vines thrive in climatic conditions similar to those of Burgundy, as the vineyard experiences an oceanic climate with continental influences, frequent rain fall and wide temperature ranges .The vines are planted at a density of between 5,000 to 6,000 vines per hectare, which produce concentrated wines. The vines are trellised using espaliers to ensure optimal sunlight exposure, allowing the grapes to ripen evenly. Pruning, de-budding and thinning out of the leaves are all conducted manually and to environmentally-friendly specifications. The grapes are harvested by hand and are transported to the cellar in special bins to preserve the quality of the fruit. The vines are grown in compliance with the rules of sustainable agriculture set by Terra Vitis.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most important wine producers in the south of France, where he owns many estates among the most prestigious cru of Languedoc-Roussillon. Previously the IWC red wine producer of the year and the European winery of the year for wine enthusiasts, is known locally as the “king” of Languedoc. Raised in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs; 20 years of experience ensure that the wines with his signature have a unique style, guided by the fundamental values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. We are proud to represent this leading French name in the United Kingdom.