Gerard Bertrand ‘Art de Vivre’
Made From: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
Tastes Like: Plums, Pepper, Dried Herbs
Gerard Bertrand, who is affectionately referred to as the “Prince of Languedoc,” is one of France’s most influential winemakers. Hailed as the “ambassador of fine wines,” this award-winning icon has achieved an unparalleled level of success in southern France for his monumental role in elevating the region’s wines to world-class status. The former rugby player took over his family’s wine enterprise in 1987, and single-handedly doubled production while simultaneously enhancing quality in the vines and cellar. In just three decades, Gerard has become France’s leader in biodynamic wine production, and a steadfast advocate of healthy vineyard practices that showcase each vineyard’s unique terroir.
His ‘Art de Vivre’ is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. The grapes are are slowly ripened, hand harvested, and aged for eight months in premium French oak, creating a wine of outstanding complexity and tender but insistent richness. With polished, supple tannins that carry flavors of ripe berries, field-picked plums, and peppery spices, and a finish filled with savory herbs and subtle minerality, there’s no question why this bottle was named one of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2019. And in the true spirit of the ancients, this expressive red comes in classic ceramic bottles designed like traditional amphorae to preserve its natural purity and freshness.
“Polished, supple tannins support the black cherry, red plum and wild raspberry notes of this juicy red, with savory touches of mineral and herb on the clean finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.” – 90 Points, Best Buy, and Top 100 Wines of 2019 – Wine Spectator