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Gérard Bertrand Clos d'Oratext

Gérard Bertrand Clos d'Ora 2017

Minervois la Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, Sud de France, FranceA year down the road from our last tasting, Clos d'Ora is only beginning to wake up in the bottle; even so, there is little doubt it is the essence of Gérard Bertrand and a two-decade-long dream to capture the spiritual experience Bertrand first felt when he stepped onto the property in 1997. I know what he means after my first visit to the nine-hectare stone-walled vineyard. It was magical, beginning with the intense smell of garrigue that washed down the vineyard as we walked the sloping site being worked by a massive mule and plowman. The old vine carignan and grenache, beside which Bertrand planted syrah and mourvèdre, are farmed biodynamically at 220 metres above sea level over a mix of chalk, sandstone, and marl soils. The grapes are harvested and macerated separately in concrete before spending a year in French oak. A dense, concentrated wine abounds with youthful energy and enthusiasm, still tightly wound yet revealing a glimpse of the future. Cherry, wild herbs, leather, and sweet black plum fill the aromas. The attack is lush with velvety tannins, white pepper, savoury black fruit, fresh fig, licorice, and smoky tobacco. It has the balance to be drunk now, but really, it still requires three to five more years to reach its tasting plateau, where it should rest for another decade or more.Tasted: 15 February 2021Tasted by: Prices:
ON$261.00750mlThe Beer Guy
CDN$350.00750mlestimated retail price
Producer: Gérard BertrandDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Syrah - Grenache - Mourvèdre - Carignan