Each grape variety and each parcel of Clos d’Ora Gérard Bertrand was macerated in separate batches in unlined, thermoregulated precast concrete vats. The Syrah grapes were destalked, vatted and vinified. The Grenache and Mourvèdre were destemmed and lightly crushed before vatting under strict temperature control. They underwent a very gentle maceration in order to limit the extraction of tannins, with some pumping over for aeration and humidification of the cap only. Finally, the Carignan grapes were whole bunch fermented at higher temperatures to extract the maximum of aromas. The wines of Clos d’Ora Gérard Bertrand then spent 12 months in French oak barrels. The wines were blended after the Spring Equinox, first the Syrah, then the Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan.
This nine hectare vineyard, enclosed by dry stone walls, is located at La Livinière in the Minervois at an altitude of 220 metres above sea level. At Clos d’Ora, Bertrand has opted to use biodynamic methods for working the vines, using horses and mules to foster connections between minerals, vegetables, animals and humans. The soils are composed of chalk, sandstone and marl. Leaf thinning takes place before the harvest and the grapes are entirely hand-picked.
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.