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Gérard Bertrand Clos d'Ora 2012

Minervois la Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, Sud de France, FranceClos d'Ora is a new, super-premium project from Gérard Bertrand, and the culmination of a dream to capture the unique terroir (and spiritual experience Bertrand felt there in 1997) at Clos d'Ora. This nine-hectare stone-walled vineyard already contained old-vine carignan and grenache, beside which Bertrand planted syrah and mourvèdre, all farmed biodynamically. At 220m, chalk, sandstone and marl soils are cultivated by mule, and the grape varieties harvested and macerated separately in concrete before joining in French oak for a year. In the flush of youth, this dense, concentrated wine quakes with youthful energy and enthusiasm, still tightly wound and bound, but starting to reveal its character: Cherry, wild herbs, leather and sweet black plum fruit. Tannins are elegant and lengthy, though very firm, clad with ripe, savoury black fruit, fresh fig, herbal anise and tobacco. Slight smoke lingers on the lengthy finish. Best cellared for 5+ years, though if you drink now, decant for a couple of hours and serve with tenderloin or short ribs. Ten thousand bottles of this inaugural vintage.Tasted: 27 August 2015Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Gérard BertrandDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Syrah - Grenache - Mourvèdre - Carignan