A fabulous, meaty, French wine for a Saturday Splurge, the Chateau l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge from Gerard Bertrand.
A blend of organically grown Syrah (60%), Grenache (30%) and Mourvedre (10%) from the La Clape appellation in the Languedoc region of France. The wine is aged 12 to 16 months in 225 litre French oak barrels.
Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Chateau l'Hospitalet is situated on the exceptional terroir of La Clape appellation. The wine is made with a selection of grapes from the very best plots on the estate. This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre boasts aromas of intense spicy aromas and red fruit notes (strawberry). Serve at 16C.
The 2018 Chateau l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge from Gerard Bertrand begins with a wonderful meaty aroma with strawberry, black cherry, blackberry, leather, garrigue, spice and more. It's an excellent start.
Tasting the wine reveals it to be smooth, silky and super savory. The fruit turns a bit sour in the mouth with plenty of earthiness underneath along with some oaky spice. The touches of garrigue from the nose carry over when tasting and there's even a bit of olive. This is a fabulous meaty French wine!
It ends dry, long and savory.