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WTN: Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Corbieres 2010

Postby Hoke » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:58 pm

Just wrote this up for another venue and thought I'd share it here.

I was very impressed with the quality and style of this wine, as I was with Bertrand's Tautavel.

Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir Corbières 2010 is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre---and the Mourvèdre here makes all the difference in the world. The fresh fruity vivacity of Grenache is instantly apparent; the plump blueberry and considerable sturdiness of Syrah fills out the fruit component while giving some structure; and the Mourvèdre adds that essential deep, dark, fresh-plowed-earth and wet leaves and mushroom funkiness, like the difference between boeuf bourguignonne and beef stew, like thick chunky-chewy preserves rather than jelly.

There is a distinct sauvage quality to this Corbières, something deep and dark and not-quite-tamed. It’s the Call of the Wild in a wine bottle. And it is irresistible.

This is, in the vernacular, a fruit bomb of a wine---but not at all in the way of a New World fruit bomb, because it’s not tricked out with lavish vanilla milkshake oak; it’s very much an Old World style of fruit bomb, a “Paulaner All Fruit” style with a little animale, relying on tannin and acidity for its underpinnings, a wine fully reflective of its Languedoc origins.


If you're interested in the entire article, with a slideshow of Corbieres, go here. http://www.examiner.com/article/in-the-land-of-the-pays-d-oc-g-rard-bertrand-grand-terroir-corbi-res-2010
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Re: WTN: Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Corbieres 2010

Postby Brian K Miller » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:19 pm

Cool!

I really like the Tautavel as well!
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Re: WTN: Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Corbieres 2010

Postby Brian K Miller » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:23 pm

Gosh. Just went to Google Street View. Tautavel is BEAUTIFUL! :shock:
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Re: WTN: Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Corbieres 2010

Postby Brian K Miller » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:36 pm

Hey, Hoke. A friend opened a bottle of this at his Playoffs party. It was very, very nice...and was on sale at the "better" local gocery store (Nugget Market) for $10!

Also had a glass of the Tauteval on friday that was quite delicious!
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Re: WTN: Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Corbieres 2010

Postby Hoke » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:38 pm

Brian K Miller wrote:Hey, Hoke. A friend opened a bottle of this at his Playoffs party. It was very, very nice...and was on sale at the "better" local gocery store (Nugget Market) for $10!

Also had a glass of the Tauteval on friday that was quite delicious!


$10 for that Corbieres is a great price! Yes, I quite like the Tautavel too. The Corbieres definitely has that Mooorvedre funk which I like also. Just now tasting the Cigalus....mor "Rollandish" with phat fruit and vanilla oak.
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Re: WTN: Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Corbieres 2010

Postby Brian K Miller » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:35 pm

[quote="Hoke"
$10 for that Corbieres is a great price! Yes, I quite like the Tautavel too. The Corbieres definitely has that Mooorvedre funk which I like also. Just now tasting the Cigalus....mor "Rollandish" with phat fruit and vanilla oak.[/quote]


He makes A LOT of different wines. I imagine even M. Bertrand has to make a few "spoof" cuvees! :lol:
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