Intense, ruby robe with flashes of tile-red.
Prominent echoes of the scrubland in the nose, with jammy fruit and lively spice. Subtle hints of dark fruit and gingerbread.
Elegant and refined tannins frame the palate, with great balance and vivacity.
Can be enjoyed now, or left to develop for a few more years.
The Chateau la Sauvageonne is a legendary winemaking estate, where optimal sun exposure, perfect location and an exceptional terroir combine to produce wines of distinctive character. This Cuvee Grand Vin is the fruit of the union between an extraordinary terroir, an original selection of grape varieties and the superior skill of our winemakers.
The Terrasses du Larzac appellation islocated in the northernreaches of the Herault departement, a regionknown for itssubstantial 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, developing a rich, deepcolour.
|Wine maker notes
|The harvest dates are determined on the basis of regular ripeness tests, with analysis of the polyphenol content of the grape skins and daily tasting of the fruit as the maturing process advances.
All of the grapes are harvested by hand, placed in special bins and transferred to the winery, where they undergo rigorous sorting.
Each variety and each individual plot of vines is dealt with separately. Some of the Syrah grapes are added to the vats in whole bunches, for carbonic maceration. The rest of the Syrah and the Grenache are de-stemmed and vinified in the traditional manner. Once malolactic fermentation is complete the wines are transferred to barrels, with each variety kept separate.
The final blend is determined only after 12 months of ageing in the barrels.
The wine is gently fined before bottling.
|From the discovery of the Tautavel man to the Roman hegemony in Narbonne, via the Visigoth occupation and the Cathar heresy, Languedoc-Roussillonís past is steeped in rich history. At the beginning of the 20th Century, a phylloxera epidemic, coupled with overproduction and widespread fraud, wrought havoc for winegrowers, who subsequently decided to revolt. Since the 1950s the wines of the Languedoc have become increasingly refined, and the best estates now produce wines of truly exceptional quality. Gerard Bertrand is determined to drive this progress even further, through continued innovation and by creating internationally-renowned appellations and wines.