Le Viala Gérard Bertrand Minervois La Lavinière 2017


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Powerful nose of blackberries and violets. On the palate, smooth tannins and subtle woody notes, beautifully balanced and an never ending finish. An extreme delicacy and a huge lasting potential, one to keep in the cellar for up to 15 years.

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The Viala comes from a small parcel of land situated amongst the exceptional terroirs of the La Livinière appellation, known for its strong and powerful wines. The vineyard terrain is made up of a mosaic of stripped marlstone associated with chalky limestone. This compact limestone dates back to the Eocene period, formed millions of years ago. This type of soil naturally limits the growth of each grape, but due to a long settling period, there is a resistance to aquatic stress. The strong summer sun assists the slow maturation of the grapes.

The manual harvest followed very precise monitoring of the maturation of the grapes. After a meticulous sorting process, the Carignan and Syrah grapes were put in their entirety into vats and vinified separately by carbonic maceration. The Grenache was destemmed and vinified with traditional maceration under controlled temperatures. Following the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, the different varieties were blended and the wine was aged in new 225 litre oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months. The wine was not fined or filtered prior to being bottle aged for 12 months.

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RRP £62.50
Vintage 2017
Alcoholic strength 15%
Grapes Syrah 60%, Grenache 25%, Carignan 15%
Body E
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs No
Biodynamic No
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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