Winegrower Gerard Bertrand sums up the wine scene in France and speaks for the rest of the producers worldwide.
Gerard Bertrand, at age ten, had his first experience in harvesting and winemaking with his father. At age twenty-two, Gerard took over the family business after his father, Georges, untimely death.
When Gerard turned twenty-seven, he purchased Domaine Cigalus and Chateau Laville Bertrou , adding significant properties to his winemaking portfolio.
Today, Gerard owns six properties in the Languendoc-Rousillion region and has over 900 acres of vineyards.
In 2002, at age thirty-seven, Gerard Bertrand purchased Chateau I’Hospitalet and started to develop wine tourism on his property.
His vision has paid off.
Chateau I’Hospitalet sits within and is surrounded by 2500 acres of trees, flowers and vineyards. Committed to sustainability and ECO friendly agricultural practices, Chateau I’Hospitalet has been deemed as a “Carbon Neutral Estate”—a symbol that designates harmony between nature and the environment.
Chateau I’Hospitalet is considered and recognized as one of France’s premier hotels and restaurants.
THREE WINES TO TRY….
CREMANT de LIMOUX ($16.99) is an aperitif, a sparkling white wine that is full-flavored, crisp and elegant. Aromas of hazelnuts, lavender and white roses prevail. The bubbly wine is made from 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc and 10% Mauzac. This wine is well-balanced and has great acidity and is a real bargain.
VIOGNIER ($14.99) is an exciting, crisp, white wine that pairs perfectly with all types of fresh seafood, chicken and shellfish. The bouquet of tropical flowers, hazelnuts and figs is overpowering, yet tame. Great acidity and balance make this a perfect summer wine.
GERARD BERTRAND is a name to remember when searching for high quality wines at reasonable prices.