The birth of a passion for wine and biodynamics
It was in 1975, in the vineyards of Château de Villemajou, in the heart of Corbières, that Gérard Bertrand made his first harvest and discovered his passion for wine. He perfected his apprenticeship for 12 years alongside his father, Georges Bertrand. Today they are in the fourth generation of winegrowers, from Paule to Georges, then Gérard Bertrand and finally Emma and Mathias. Very attached to the values of performance and excellence learned on the rugby pitch, Gérard Bertrand continues his quest: to reveal the best terroirs in his region and promote them around the world. It is in this spirit that he resumed the family torch at the Domaine de Villemajou after the accidental death of his father in 1987. Five years later, he created the wine company Gérard Bertrand in order to develop a range of wines from the South of France. In subsequent years, he purchased the Domaine de Cigalus and the Château Laville Bertrou.
New nuggets and the enrichment of the diversity of Gérard Bertrand wines
The acquisition in 2002 of Château l’Hospitalet, in the natural park of La Clape, between Roman Narbonne and the Mediterranean, allowed Gérard Bertrand to acquire a new dimension. Since then, new nuggets from emblematic Languedoc terroirs have enriched the vision and diversity of Gérard Bertrand wines: Domaine de l’Aigle, Château la Sauvageonne, Château la Soujeole, Clos d’Ora, Clos of the Temple, Château les Karantes, Château Aigues-Vives, the Cap Insula winery, Château des 2 Rocs, Château de Tarailhan and Domaine de l’Estagnère.
A Languedoc vineyard in excellent health
Convinced very early on that viticulture in harmony with nature is the best way to reveal the typicality of a terroir and produce great wines, Gérard Bertrand started in 2002 on the path of biodynamics at Cigalus, with a view to strengthening the balance of the vine and its environment. It reinforces the quality approach initiated nearly 30 years ago. Today, 300 people work within the group to reveal the great wines from this region. A vineyard in excellent health, a preserved environment and magnified wines demonstrate the relevance of the approach.