Crémant de Limoux “Code Rouge” Gérard Bertrand , is made using the traditional Champagne method. The grapes were manually harvested and carefully transported in harvesting bins. The juice was very gently extracted using a pneumatic press, which allowed 30 to 40% of the press juice to be extracted without having to re-press. The juice was then allowed to settle prior to the alcoholic fermentation, which took place at a controlled temperature of 18°C. Meticulous blending of the various terroirs and grape varieties was then carried out, with bottling throughout January to encourage the secondary bottle fermentation. Aged on its fine lees for a minimum of three years, the Crémant de Limoux “Code Rouge” Gérard Bertrand was riddled and disgorged according to the Champagne method. This cuvée has all the traditional features of the winery’s wines: the emblematic red colour of the bottle and the Alpha and Omega symbols, symbolising the endless cycle of nature which inspired its name ‘Brut Eternel’.
This cuvée comes exclusively from sustainably farmed terroirs located within the oceanic climates of Limoux. Code Rouge is an ode to excellence and a tribute to the world’s first sparkling wine, made by the monks of Saint-Hilaire Abbey near Limoux. Historians suggest that Dom Pérignon may have visited this Abbey and learned how to produce sparkling wines here, before taking his knowledge back to Champagne. This blanc de blancs is made with Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and local variety Mauzac. It is a wine of great finesse and elegance typifying the terroir which nurtures it.
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.