To reduce the risk of oxidation, the grapes to produce Picpoul de Pinet “Terroir” Gérard Bertrand were picked at a time when the temperature was at its coolest, either during the night or very early in the morning. They were taken into the cellars as quickly as possible and pressed immediately in a pneumatic press. The musts were then left to ferment at low temperatures of 16 to 18°C, retaining the aromatic purity. Picpoul de Pinet “Terroir” Gérard Bertrand was aged on its fine lees, in stainless steel vats for approximately six months, giving the wine added depth and character. Bottling took place the following spring.
The vineyard is situated on the banks of the Thau lake, between the scrubland and the sea, where the vines are grown in limestone soils. The Mediterranean climate tempers the daily temperature swings, with the sea breeze cooling the heat of the day and the mass of water of the lake, acting as a thermal reservoir to offset the drop in temperature at night. The vines yield 55 hectolitres per hectare.
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.