Clos du Temple Rose Cabrieres by Gerard Bertrand 2019
If titles like “Winery of the Year” and “Winemaker of the Year” are dropped during a discussion about French Rose, one would automatically assume it belongs to a generations-deep, globally revered producer in Provence. Normally, you’d be right, but in today’s case, you’re way off base—by several hundred kilometres.
Located at the heart of Languedoc in the south of France, Clos du Temple vineyard is located in the historic terroir of Cabrières, the birthplace of Rosé wines. Behind the wheel is Gérard Bertrand, one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France. He owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc- Roussillon. Named as the International Wine Challenge Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast’s European Winery of the Year in 2012, as well as Best Vineyard Experience in 2019, Gérard Bertrand is known locally as the “King” of the Languedoc.
Gérard Bertrand owns 9 winemaking estates with 470 hectares of vineyards across the best terroirs Languedoc has to offer. Each estate displays its own style, unique across the vintages. They are first and foremost ‘true’ chateaux steeped in history, whose wines regularly feature in competitions and guides.
The blend of four red grape varieties and one white has been designed to mirror a temple, with each variety plays a role. The Grenache Noir acts as the foundation, with old vine Cinsault and Syrah adding the columns and walls, along with a “sublime” touch of Mourvèdre, and Viognier offering a wonderful aromatic complexity and typicity to the wine as the dome. The result is a perfectly balanced wine, with great length and extraordinary aromatic freshness. It is also a Rosé that will happily cellar, allowing more complex flavours to develop with age.
The Clos du Temple shows that Rosé can be as fine as red wine and also proves to be a suitable match to the complex flavours of modern cuisine.
Each parcel’s grapes are picked by hand at sunrise, and the small bunches pressed at low temperatures to preserve the freshness, flavour and aromas, and prevent too much colouration of the juice, before being vinified separately. Before fermentation, the must is racked and clarified via gravity for 24 hours, without the addition of sulphur. The wines are subsequently aged in new French oak barrels for six to eight months, with bâtonnage (stirring of the lees) and the final blend was assembled on a fruit day.
The temple theme has also inspired the elegant bottle design, with its square base and pyramidical punt rising to a circular shoulder that symbolise the cosmos and the principles of biodynamics. Meanwhile, the terroir is evoked by an elegant band of gold showing the undulating hills that surround Clos du Temple.
What the Critics Say:
“A lovely red-fruit scented nose, red cherries, balsamic-laced strawberries and peach sweetness. On the palate it’s instantly mouthwatering, juicy and succulent. It has a mineral drive through the palate, softly chalky as it reaches a refreshing ending. It tastes pure and clean, very precise, leaving a really enjoyable rounded flavour in the mouth. Delicate but lively, it would work well as an apéritif but would also stand up to some fresh seafood dishes. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre with between 2-3% of Viognier depending on the vintage. The wine is aged in barrel for structure, depth and complexity.”
93 Points – Georgina Hindle, Decanter, September 2020
96 Points / World’s Best Rose – The Drinks Business Global Rose Masters, 2020
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