This cuvee boasts a lovely garnet-red colour with brick tints. The bouquet is complex and spicy and develops aromas of cloves and nutmeg. On the palate this is a supple wine with silky, mineral, liquorice-tinged tannins. Open within 7 years.
Set in the Pyrenean foothills and under the shadow of the
famous Mont Canigou, Les Aspres is a benchmark cru in the Cotes du Roussillon. Aspres means “arid in Catalan, and this characterises this sun-drenched terroir bordered by a landscape of garrigue and alzina. Here the vines get the very best out of the schist soils to offer a powerful, incomparably fine wine. Located in the foothills of Canigou, Les Aspres is composed of valleys covered with thick forestland at altitude and more barren vegetation lower down. These paths were for a long time used by merchants and miners not forgetting the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, who then moved on to Le Tech Valley. Each of the villages on this territory is linked to the others by the presence of a chapel or church
steeped in history. Today Les Aspres is turning to “green
tourism, with its authentic cultural and gastronomic heritage revealing all the riches of Catalonia.
|Wine maker notes
|On the vineyard the work starts with a selection of the vine plots best suited to producing this type of wine. Most of the grapes are picked by hand. They are sorted twice, on the vine and then in the winery. Vinification is traditional and the grapes are de-stemmed prior to maceration, which lasts between three and four weeks. Pressing is then carried out, followed by malolactic fermentation. 33% of the wine is matured in barrels for 9 months, with the rest left in vats.
|Decant an hour before serving. Serve at 15°C with rack of lamb or a game dish.
|From the discovery of the Tautavel man to the Roman hegemony in Narbonne, via the Visigoth occupation and the Cathar heresy, Languedoc-Roussillon’s 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.