Sunday, March 11, 2018

Wine Review: Gérard Bertrand Côtes du Roussillon Villages Grand Terroir Tautavel 2013

March is Languedoc-Roussillon Month on!

Gérard Bertrand Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel 2013

This month I'm taking a tour of the Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France from the comfort of my own home! I've got ten wines from the region; six from Roussillon and four from Languedoc. As you probably know, it's been rather difficult to keep this blog going lately so these reviews will be short and sweet.

Gerard Bertrand founded his company in 1992 with the purchase of Domaine Cigalus and Château LavilleBertrou. He now owns a heck of a lot of land throughout the different regions of the Languedoc, producing a ton of different wines specifically designed to represent the traditional wines of those places. I've already reviewed his 2013 Banyuls this month, and this one is from Tautavel.

Tautavel is a commune that is one of the villages for Côtes du Roussillon Villages, and allowed to distinguish itself as Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel. It's within the Catalanes IGP from the last review (Domaine Roc Des Anges Côtes Catalanes IGP "L'effet Papillon" Grenache Blanc 2015). Tautavel is also where one of the oldest humanid remains were found, a subspecies of Homo erectus, known as Tautavel Man.

The 2013 Grand Terroir Tautavel is 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Carignan. It's cherry red in color. There's aromas of black currant, strawberries, peppermint, pine resin, and a freshly cut 2x4. It's light to medium bodied with a nice acidity and a pretty flat mouthfeel if it wasn't for the fine tannin giving it some dustiness. There's flavors of black currant, plum, cocoa powder and graphite. It finishes with flavors of plum and graphite, with a little heat and astringency.

I'm very close to making this a recommendation but there's something about the flatness of the mid-palate that is preventing me from doing so. That said, it's $15 and worth the price. So I'm putting it between Satisfying and Recommended. And I wish that I had leftovers of the steak and cheese egg rolls I had for dinner because this would go along with them quite nicely.

Price: $15
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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