Gerard Bertrand Syrah Grenache 2011 Red Blend Review from Languedoc, France.
The Gerard Bertrand Languedoc 2011 is a well balanced, dry, bright red wine produced from two of my favorite grape varietals – Syrah and Grenache. These grapes alone commonly make for delicious wines because of the terroirs they thrive in. The Languedoc province throughout the South of France is one of the largest wine growing regions in the world. Soil in the region contains abundant limestone and gravel, along with an array of shrubbery that over many thousands of years has enriched the soil with fragrance. Because it’s so large, Languedoc provides a variety of terroirs that allow for unending combinations and concentrations of different varietals.
Gerard Bertrand commonly retails in the US for as little as $10. (I’ve found it for less at Costco). Vintages are frequently rated 90+ by Wine Spectator and considering its price point, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more complex, quality Syrah + Grenache blend from other producers.
Update! You can buy the Gerard Bertrand Languedoc online and have it delivered to your door right here at Wine.com. Check the top of the website for discounts and coupon codes which can be applied at checkout.
Gerard Bertrand Languedoc 2011 Red Wine Tasting Notes
The nose of this wine is bright red, leathery and elegant. You can sense fair acidity, violet and spice in the aroma which is further reinforced on the opening palate. Bright red, ripe fruit with white Asian spice and a tart acidity hit immediately. All coming together for a refreshing opener. Mid-palate the wine stays fresh with notes of red currant, dried herbs, subtle grapefruit and hints of vanilla. Astringency is light with mild tannins hitting throughout backed up with notes of cracked pepper. The finish is long, enjoyable and maintains an elegant structure. Expect hints of raspberry to poke through with notes of hay barrel and a subtle gravelly minerality.
Gerard Bertrand can be enjoyed with a side of funk…
Overall, the Gerard Bertrand Languedoc 2011 Vintage is a gorgeous, well priced wine that will not dissapoint. Syrah and Grenache are both rich and complex varietals. Consider chilling to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, let it breathe for 10 minutes and then pair this wine with brisket, steak, sausage or poultry to maximize its flavor and balance… though I drink it on its own quite often.
Where Can I Buy Gerard Bertrand?
Costco carries Gerard Bertrand’s brand of vins frequently, and is currently featuring the 2011 Syrah-Grenache red wine blend, it’s usually my go-to. You can also find some other neat blends and vintages on Wine.com and have them shipped to you. The Fitou is great, as is the Gerard Bertrand Syrah-Carignan Minervois 2011, both rated 90+ by Wine Enthusiast. If you use this coupon link on Wine.com they’re giving %10 off orders of any 12 bottles or more.