Last week ten of our managers traveled toGerard Bertrand’s Chateau l’Hospitalet in the Languedoc to get a hands on experience of how a vineyard really works (and also to enjoy the fantastic wine and food in the sunny France, while the rest of us sat at home in the rain). Now that the dust has now settled after the trip we thought we'd share some stories from our very own managers.
Many more details will follow, but first to report to back is Fintan, manager of our Greystones store.
To see how he got on at the tasting masterclass read on below:
Here we are at Gerard Bertrand masterclass. So excited about tasting the 16 wines lined up in front of me. Just had amazing morning and afternoon visiting his stunning personal vineyard project Clos D`ora, followed by a generous harvest lunch and a little grape picking. We are in a beautiful tasting room where even the walls speak wine. The class is being held by winemaker Stephan Quaralt, you can see how his face lights up about his passion of wine making with Gerard. We are in very good hands here. The terrior is difficult, but they have embraced the essence of the Languedoc, in the room, you can smell the scented herbs rosemary thyme, the olive groves, pine forests and heathland and the almond trees. While tasting these wines you are seduced by that certain “goute de terrior” that Gerard and Stephen have created, the attention to detail is perfect. It’s so mean to pick just a few favourites from the ensemble we just tasted but here goes. Both of the wines are biodynamic:
Cigalus red- ( €38.99 )Blended from several grapes, Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Caladoc. All these grapes are vinified separately for one month the blended together to be barrel and bottle aged. The results are exceptional; The nose of the wine is alive with jammy notes, spice, humus and truffle. Once on the palate, it’s simply stunning, too many flavours to jot down but the wine does all the talking, this is a red to be shared with music and friends. It will make you smile.
Cigalus White- ( €38.00 )–Cigalus is the French name for cricket, in a way the soundtrack to all the nuances of terrior going on. This wine was recently voted best wine in the sky and its a perfect biodynamic wine. Blended from Chardonnay, Viogner and Sauvignon blanc, while tasting it showed grapefruit and honey flavours followed by lychee, beautifully rounded mouthfeel and a long relaxing finish that transports you to the Sud de France. So nice.......
Fintan Mc Cormick