Powerful nose of blackberries and violets and a beautiful attack on the mouth, smooth tannins and subtle woody notes, beautifully balanced, and an infinitive lasting taste in the mouth. An extreme delicacy and a huge lasting potential.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Concentrated aromas and flavors of dark plum, cherry, blackberry and smoke are ripe and powerful. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder linger on the rich, well-crafted finish. Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2018.—K.M. (Jul 25 2012)
The Viala comes from a small parcel of land at Chateau Laville Bertrou, situated amongst the exceptional terroirs of the La Liviniere appellation (officially recognized since 1998), in other words, a big wine from the Languedoc. Gerard Bertrand acquired this uncommon plot of land in 1997 and encouraged the development of strong and powerful wines.
This wine benefits from the semi-arid Mediterranean climate; the Viala is exposed to the conditions of the mid-south in the heights of the village la Liviniere at around 120m of altitude. The ground is made up of a mosaic of stripped marlstone, associated to chalky limestone, as compact limestone dates back to the Eocene period millions of years ago. This type of ground naturally limits the growth of each grape, but thanks to a long settling period, helping their resistance to the rainfall and aquatic stress. The strong summer sun helps the favoured process of the slow maturing of the grapes. The three grapes assembled for this wine express in a complementary way the hints of this unique terroir that is the Viala.
|Wine maker notes
|The harvest is triggered after a very precise monitoring of maturities and a daily grape tasting. The harvest is manual and the grapes are meticulously sorted upon entering the cellar.
Syrah and Carignan grapes are put entirely into vats and vinified separately by carbonic maceration.The Grenache are destemmed and vinified with traditional maceration closely controlling the temperatures.
After draining vats and the malolactic fermentation of the wine, the different grape varieties are blended and the wine is sung into oak barrels for a 12 months aging.We select the best barrel makers in order to adapt the choice of origins of wood and their types of heating with the potential of each vintage.
The wines are neither fined nor filtered before bottling, and the bottles are then stored for 12 months before being marketed.
|From the discovery of the Tautavel man to the Roman hegemony in Narbonne, via the Visigoth occupation and the Cathar heresy, Languedoc-Roussillon’s past is steeped in rich history. At the beginning of the 20th Century, a phylloxera epidemic, coupled with overproduction and widespread fraud, wrought havoc for winegrowers, who subsequently decided to revolt. Since the 1950s the wines of the Languedoc have become increasingly refined, and the best estates now produce wines of truly exceptional quality. Gerard Bertrand is determined to drive this progress even further, through continued innovation and by creating internationally-renowned appellations and wines.