Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Blanc, La Clape, Gérard Bertrand 2018


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A powerful, fresh and enticing bouquet of citrus fruit, pear and quince with aniseed and grilled hazelnut overtones. A fine and mineral palate shows delicate hints of white pepper and flint through to a refreshing finish with a touch of acacia honey.

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Situated on the coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Château l’Hospitalet’s vineyard benefits from exceptional climatic conditions. The heat of the Mediterranean sun is tempered by the refreshing sea breezes resulting in a gradual maturation allowing for a great aromatic expression and smoother tannins. Two types of soils contribute to the complexity and the elegance of this wine; the marly and chalky Gargasian soil at the foot of the cliff is rich in fossils and provides excellent water retention properties, nourishing the vines throughout the warm summer despite the lack of summer rains. The red Mediterranean Barremian soil is formed on blueish grey compact limestone amidst the scrub, which encourages the vines to produce rich and concentrated fruit. The fruit is manually harvested at optimal ripeness based on daily tastings.

Each variety was vinified separately. The grapes were pneumatically pressed and the juice underwent static settling. 100% of the must underwent fermentation with natural yeast in barrels, under temperature controlled conditions to preserve the freshness and integrity of the aromas. Maturation in barrels lasted for seven to eight months, with regular bâtonnage for two months, which imparted texture and complexity. The wine was matured until the spring equinox. A light fining took place prior to bottling.

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RRP £36.99
Vintage 2018
Alcoholic strength 14.5%
Serve with Perfect with fried scallops, fish cooked in a creamy sauce or as an apéritif
Awards 90-92 pts, Robert Parker, 2021; 16.5, Jancis Robinson, 2021; Gold, DWWA, 2021
Country France
Region Languedoc Roussillon
Subregion Languedoc la Clape
Grapes Bourboulenc 40%, Grenache Blanc 30%, Vermentino 30%
Dry/Sweet value 2
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic Yes
Biodynamic Yes
Closure Cork
Gérard Bertrand

Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast's European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the "King" of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. 20 years of expertise ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand's signature have a unique style, driven by the fundamental values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation.

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