In the just released November 15, 2008 BEST BUYS edition of The Wine Enthusiast, Gerard Bertrand was the first winery listed in all of France for producing a multitude of wines offering outstanding value.
Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale wines continue to earn extraordinary accolades world wide. If you haven't been convinced previously from the past great scores and press for the Reserve Speciale wines (or found out yourself from pulling the corks on a few botles) then here is just a little more proof that these are some of the greatest wine values from anywhere in the world. At the recently concluded Concours Mondiale, which was held this year in Bordeaux, there were over 6000 total wines presented. The jury is composed solely of professional tasters, personalities and renowned experts in the field of wine: Oenologists, sommeliers, journalists, wine writers and international buyers and traders.
Excellent reviews for the Gerard Bertrand Corbieres, Minervois, & Tautavel and another great pre-release score for the 2006 L'Hospitalitas. Separate electronic sell sheets will be posted on the blog for each of the current releases by mid week.
Gerard Bertrand wines collect an impressive dozen awards at the recently concluded Decanter World Wine awards for 2008. Among the wines available for sale in the United States, include: Commended wine, Grand Terroir Pic St Loup. Bronze medal winners, Reserve Speciale Chardonnay and Reserve Speciale Viognier plus AOC Minervois. The silver medal winner was the Domaine Cigalus Rouge.
By state, here is a listing of our newest distributor partners in the United States. Please contact these wholesalers should you be on the search for Gerard Bertrand wines in your area.
Indiana - In Vie Kentucky - Cutting Edge Maine - MS Walker Massachusetts - MS Walker Minnesota - Quality Wine Group Missouri - A. Bommarito Montana - Summit Beverage New Hampshire - MS Walker North Carolina - Wisdom Beverage Ohio - Cutting Edge Rhode Island - MS Walker Tennessee - Best Brands Vermont - MS Walker
O'Brien's is Irelands largest family owned drinks retailer, with 27 stores nationwide. We thank them for their support of our delightful Reserve Speciale Viognier, soon to be available in select markets across the USA. From their online catalog, they say "Easily the best Southern French Languedoc we have ever tasted, the Speciale Reserve actually reminded us of the great, expensive wines of Condrieu. Aromatic peach and apricot aromas fill the glass with that same peachy fruit on the palate, rounded off with wild honey. World Class Viognier".
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You probably knew that we make some of the most critically acclaimed, sought after, limited production,wines in the south of France. You may not have been aware of the incredible quality of our full range of wines. Witness the 2007 wrap-up of the Spectator's highest rated under $30 wines from France, where you may be surprised by just how many incredible value wines we produce. Our great value wines start with our Reserve Speciale varietal wines (Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir) and continue with our AOC offerings from Corbieres and Minervois, our Pic Saint Loup & Tautavel wines under our Grand Terroirs label, and extend into our outstanding estate wines.
Just thought you would like to see that we are the featured wine at the Vineyard Cafe in Beijing, China through our excellent representatives in China, East Meets West Fine Wines, an importer/distributor with offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen
I also loved the directions posted by the Vineyard Cafe on their website:
"Directions to Vineyard Cafe by Car, Bike or Foot: Head to Yong He Gong Qiao (the second ring road bridge next to the Lama Temple) and go south. After 30 metres, at the first hutong (street) you reach, turn right. The street entrance currently has barriers with pictures of parks on either side of it - see photo on right. Vineyard Cafe is approximately 150 metres down the street on your right hand side. Unfortunately, the street is one way going east between 7am and 10pm so you will need to jump out the taxi at the end and walk down."
January 12, 2008 Email this wine to a friend GÉRARD BERTRAND Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape Château l'Hospitalet La Reserve 2005 (90 points, $22) A robust red, with good definition to the berry, cherry and plum flavors. There's also plenty of spicy notes, with mineral and chocolate on the finish. Well-balanced and nicely structured. Drink now through 2010. 6,000 cases made. --Kim Marcus
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Quite an enjoyable story about travel along the Canal du Midi, the beauty, the history, and of course, the food and wine from the south of France. A couple of quick excerpts and link to the story at the Register Guard website:
There are more than 2,000 miles of canals in Europe. One of the most beautiful is the Canal du Midi in southern France that gently winds a path between historic hilltop towns, quaint villages and the vineyards of the Languedoc region - vineyards, vineyards and more vineyards.
All of us came to absorb the beauty and history of this part of France, to experience the cuisine and, of course, to sample as much wine as humanly possible. We batted a thousand.
Today, a good deal of wine from this region is still sold in bulk or is very ordinary, but that still leaves a huge amount of quality wines finding their way to the United States and your favorite wine retailer. The region was put on the world stage in 2005 when Wine Spectator magazine gave high marks to the wines of Gerard Bertrand, a man who continues to tout the region for its quality and value.
"By the numbers, Gérard Bertrand has achieved a level of success that is unparalleled in the region”Wine Spectator
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2005 L'Hospitalitas 93 pts Wine Spectator
Oct 31, 2007 Issue
Air France Press Release - Domaine Cigalus receives top honors from Business Traveller Magazine
Wednesday 6 February 2008
In UK and Germany, Business Traveller magazine pays tribute to Air France for its high standards of in-flight catering Wednesday 6 February 2008 Air France has received two awards from the Business Traveller specialist magazine (UK and German editions) in recognition of its outstanding quality white wines served in its l’Espace Affaires cabins along with its top-rated menus on flights to the Americas. In London, Air France won the «Best Business Class White» prize in the «Cellars in the Skies 2007» competition, which is organized each year to compensate the best wines served on board airlines. The Domaine de Cigalus de 2005 was singled out in a blind tasting session held by a panel of experts. Gérard Bertrand’s Languedoc White wine was selected by Olivier Poussier, elected the world’s best wine and beverage consultant in 2000, in charge of the wines and champagne list on board Air France flights.