CHÂTEAU L’HOSPITALET GRAND VIN
Château l’Hospitalet nestles in the heart of the protected rocky massif of La Clape where the vine first flourished in France. This vocation tradition of hospitality was an inspiration for Gérard Bertrand, and he has placed L’Hospitalet at the heart of his initiatives in support of Mediterranean Art de Vivre.
La Clape has conserved its Pyrenean legacy of limestone soils, and the wines possess a freshness and salinity that are characteristic of this type of terroir. Thanks to this limestone terroir, the wines manifest an incredible freshness and juiciness, auguring excellent ageing potential. In the image of the region from which it springs, the red Grand Vin of Château l’Hospitalet is a wine of patience, terroir and memory.
VINIFICATION AND MATURING
The harvesting date is triggered grape variety by grape variety, and only when the grapes have reached optimum ripeness after daily tastings. The grapes are picked by hand, and when they reach the winery undergo pneumatic pressing during which the press juices are separated. After static settling of the musts, the juice (100%) undergoes alcoholic fermentation in barrels (with temperature control to preserve the freshness and integrity of the aromas). Maturing is performed in barrels for 7 to 8 months through to the spring equinox, with regular stirring (for two months). After a light fining operation the wine is bottled.
Bourboulenc, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc
A pale yellowish gold colour. Powerful, fresh bouquet. Aromas of citrus fruit, white fruits (pear and quince), garrigue and aniseed, and notes of grilled hazelnuts. Very fine and mineral on the palate, with hints of white pepper and flint. Very fresh in the finish with notes of acacia honey.
FOOD AND WINE PAIRING
Serve with fried scallops, fish cooked in sauce, or as an aperitif.