Organic Languedoc wine from Gérard Bertrand's estates

Discovering an organic wine that respects the environment

Reconciling the production of excellent organic wines and respect for nature is a strong commitment on the part of Gérard Bertrand.

This valuable man and true ambassador of environmental protection is today the world leader in organic wines.

Over the years, Gérard Bertrand has taken over 14 estates throughout Languedoc-Roussillon and has accompanied them in their transition to a cleaner production method. Today, the wager has been won: all the plots of vines are at least AB-labelled, and the wines brilliantly express the terroir from which they come.

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What is an organic wine?

An organic wine is a wine made according to the principles of organic farming, i.e. farming without herbicides, GMOs and other chemical fertilizers.

This implies for the winemaker to apply these principles to the entire winemaking process, from the cultivation of the vine (viticulture) to the transformation of the grape into wine (vinification).

An organic wine is made from grapes that are themselves certified organic, as well as all the additions (inputs) necessary for the proper transformation of the grapes into wine (yeasts, fining product, etc.).

A certified organic wine is thus produced from quality vines, according to practices that respect the environment.

Obtaining the Bio "AB" label requires compliance with strict specifications established by the European Union (Regulation no. 203/2012).

Recently, the CAB label (Conversion to Organic Agriculture) has appeared and allows to identify the winegrowers of the Occitanie region who have undertaken the process of transforming their vines into organic farming.

To ensure the good conduct of organic producers, independent bodies approved by the INAO (Institut national de l'origine et de la qualité) are responsible for certifying and monitoring compliance with the Label's specifications. These independent bodies include, for example, for Languedoc organic wines : Ecocert, Certisud, Qualisud, Alpes Contrôles, etc.

However, to obtain a quality wine, producing a vineyard without chemicals is not everything. Without human know-how, grape juice would inevitably turn into vinegar.

It is thus up to the winemaker, and the oenologist, to play a predominant role in the conception of an organic wine.

 

Discover the whole range and collection of organic wines of Gerard Bertrand.

What are the advantages of an organic wine?

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As we have just seen, producing an organic wine means being more ecological, more in tune with nature, which is why Gérard Bertrand now owns more than 950 hectares of vines with the AB label or in the process of being converted.

But what are the advantages of an organically produced wine? And what are the differences with a traditional wine?

The main advantage of a quality organic wine, just like an Biodynamic wineis that it expresses the full potential of the fruit. The grape, by being respected during its development, delivers all its flavours.

 

An AB certified vineyard plot is a guarantee of being in the presence of a vine that has been given a homogeneous and balanced management, with the patience of a culture that goes in the direction of the plant, and not in the direction of productivity at all costs. With an organic wine, the development of the grape itself is as important as the work done by man in the cellar. But let's come to the most important point, that of taste!

It is generally observed that organic wines, when they are of quality, as in the case of Gérard Bertrand Languedoc wines, deliver finer and more delicate flavours than a traditional wine. The balance of flavours is thus remarkable, with very present floral notes. One of the reasons for this balance is that this is a wine that is built less on alcohol than a traditional wine.

 

Another typical gustatory characteristic of the organic wines of Languedoc is their exceptional minerality. This is particularly noticeable in the wines produced in the Gérard Bertrand estates, such as in the Château de l'Hospitaletan exceptional property located in the heart of the massif of la Clape, a limestone terroir par excellence.

 

The explanation for this is that an untreated grape has a much higher concentration of trace elements and minerals. This is what makes it possible, when tasting wine, to recover this mineral, fresh, almost salty flavour, especially for white wines. An organic wine, as we have seen, is a wine made by being closer to the essential, its fruit and its terroir. These flavours are subtle, balanced and reveal its history.

 

If we had to sum up, we could say that an organic wine does not lie, it simply expresses what it is.

What about biodynamics?

We are convinced thatbiodynamic agriculture in harmony with nature is the best way to produce wines of excellence from our terroirs in the South of France. This is why we have started the conversion of our estates tobiodynamic agriculture onthe Domaine de Cigalus in 2002 and that by 2023 all the vineyards will be DEMETERcertified.

 

Learn more about the biodynamic wine.

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