The grapes to produce Château la Sauvageonne Grand Vin Blanc Gérard Bertrand were hand-harvested, with each variety brought in separately and only when the fruit had reached its optimal maturity. The vinification process was tailored to respect the unique characteristics of each grape variety and to capture the essence of the Sauvageonne terroir. The grapes were destemmed and chilled to 8°C, then lightly pressed to extract only the finest juice. The must was then allowed to settle at controlled temperatures, followed by fermentation which lasted between 15 to 30 days depending on the degree of clarification. Half-way through fermentation, a proportion of the must was transferred into 225-litre oak barrels for six months of maturation. Château la Sauvageonne Grand Vin Blanc Gérard Bertrand was left to mature over fine lees with regular stirring. Gently fined the wine was bottled early to retain freshness.
Château la Sauvageonne is an illustrious winemaking estate, where optimal sun exposure, excellent location and an exceptional terroir combine to produce wines of distinctive character. The vines are planted in the northern reaches of the Hérault département, in the shadow of the Causse du Larzac limestone plateau. This region has its own unique micro-climate, with substantial temperature variations: the distance from the sea and proximity of the Causse provide a touch of freshness on summer nights, allowing the grapes to mature slowly and gradually.
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.