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Chateau l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge, La Clape 2018

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Gérard Bertrand, Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge, La Clape 2018Winner of Gold Medal in Decanter Wine awards 2020 and Wine Merchant Top 100 wines 2020.Intense spicy aromas are underpinned by rich,...

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Vendor: Gerard Bertrand winesSKU: 56956N/ATags: Blended, France, Grape, Organic, Red

Gérard Bertrand, Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge, La Clape 2018

Winner of Gold Medal in Decanter Wine awards 2020 and Wine Merchant Top 100 wines 2020.

Intense spicy aromas are underpinned by rich, red fruits enhanced by rich chocolate and cedar tones, elegant and opulent. Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2020 Decanter Wine awards and scoring 95/100.

Producer Note - Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France, owning numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and winner of Wine Enthusiast's European Winery of the Year, Gérard has been cited as the 'King of the Languedoc' among critics. Château l'Hospitalet is the jewel of the Languedoc-Roussillon's crown. Situated in AOP la Clape, among 1,000 hectares of garrigue, it benefits from an exceptional terroir. The wines are imbued with freshness from sea breezes, mineral depth and texture from the limestone soils and warm southern climate generosity. The vines are cultivated organically and biodynamically.

Vintage - 2018 saw significant rainfall during winter which continued into spring. The summer was hot and dry, but the vines avoided water stress due to the soil's water reserves from the wet winter. An Indian summer ensured the grapes reached good maturity and the harvests took place under excellent conditions with the promise of a very good vintage.

Vineyard - Situated on the coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Château l'Hospitalet's vineyard benefits from exceptional climatic conditions. The heat of the Mediterranean sun is tempered by the refreshing sea breezes resulting in a gradual maturation allowing for a great aromatic expression and smoother tannins. Two types of soils contribute to the complexity and the elegance of this wine; the marly and chalky Gargasien soil at the foot of the cliff is rich in fossils and provides excellent water retention properties, nourishing the vines throughout the warm summer despite the lack of summer rains. The red Mediterranean Barremien soil is formed on blueish grey compact limestone amidst the scrub, which encourages the vines to produce rich and concentrated fruit. The fruit is manually harvested at optimal ripeness based on daily tastings and polyphenolic analysis. The fruit is transported to the winery within an hour.

Winemaking - Only the highest quality fruit was used in this cuvée. The grapes were sorted, destemmed and transferred to temperature controlled vats. Each variety was vinified separately with natural yeasts and maceration lasting between 20 to 25 days. At the end of winter, the wines were racked to new 225 litre casks where they spent 12 to 16 months, with fine bâtonnage from time to time. Only the best barrels were selected and blended for this wine.

Tasting Note - From the finest grapes at the Château, the Grand Vin delivers an intense bouquet dominated by spicy notes underpinned by rich, red fruits. The fleshy, balanced and elegantly structured palate reveals silky tannins which highlight the opulent fruit through to a long finish. Perfect with rich red meat dishes or mature cheese.

Grape - Syrah 60%, Grenache 30%, Mourvèdre 10%

Winemaker: Gérard Bertrand

Region: Languedoc

Sub region: Roussillon Languedoc la Clape

Country: France

Alcohol: 15.5%

Body Value: D (A is light, E is full bodied)

Residual Sugar: 3.5

Contains Sulphites: Yes

Vegetarian/Vegan: No/No

Milk/Eggs: No/No

Organic/Biodynamic Yes/Yes

Closure - Natural Cork

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We charge the amount the courier charges us to deliver the wines. In the majority of cases this is £10.00 for a dozen wines. For local delivery we charge £5.00 as we can often do this ourselves, by local we mean Milton Keynes.

Couriers charge by weight and size and a case of wines is both heavy and bulky and so the costs are fairly high. The charges are the same if you are buying 1 bottle or 6 bottles but they change if you go over 6 bottles due the the excess weight and size. Couriers also charge a fee to cover fuel excess and this all goes towards the total cost not to mention the 20% VAT to be added to everything.

Currently if someone orders a dozen wines they are charged £10.00 but if they order 24 bottles the charge is the same!

If you wish to have your wines shipped to other countries the costs are extreemly high and often not worth paying for. The cost for example to ship to the USA for a dozen wines would be £100.00 for the shipping alone! Therefore we have taken the decision not to ship any wines outside of the UK.

 

What is your minimum order?

The minimum order is 1 bottle! I prefer it if people order more and you get better value with the delivery if you do this too!

 

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No problem, we will send to your preferred address and even include a card free of charge!

We have two kinds of cards a blank one and a Thank you one. However if you want a Valentines one or a birthday card or anyother type of card please let us know. We will write your personal greeting and even include the soppy stuff. We don't charge for the cards as its our way of thanking you for choosing us to send a gift to your loved one. 

 

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Chateau l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge, La Clape 2018

£35.00 £34.50