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2014 Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Chardonnay

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This bonny little value Frenchie is made in a more old-fashioned style with plenty of oak, and would be great with a stuffed roast chook and veggies. Smells of ripe stone fruits, toast and subtle citrus rise from the glass, whilst the palate is more medium-bodied and toasty, with subtle peach and citrus flavours leading to a smooth, soft finish. Chill it down and it's good to go now.

Winemaker's Notes

Gérard Bertrand is passionate about the Mediterranean Art de Vivre and is a specialist producer of premium wines from the south of France. In his Réserve Spéciale range he reveals the elegant, generous array of fruity flavours produced by the very best terroirs in the region.
The exceptional terroirs of the Languedoc enjoy optimum sunshine and low rainfall, bringing out all the complexity of the region’s emblematic grape varieties and thus producing top-quality wines.

Tasting notes: This grape variety stands out by its noble aromas and the delicate wines it produces. Fresh and flavoursome, this 100% Chardonnay comes from coastal vineyards and offers fresh notes of citrus, ripe apple and white flowers.

Vinification and maturing: The grapes are harvested at night-time in order to preserve all their freshness. As soon as they reach the winery they are delicately crushed in a pneumatic press. After a static settling operation, low-temperature alcoholic fermentation begins in stainless steel vats. Part of the must is transferred to barrels to finish the fermentation. In order to conserve the wine’s lively character, malolactic fermentation is not performed. After a light fining operation the wine is bottled.

Food and wine pairing: Serve with scallops, fish cooked in sauce, poultry and risottos.

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