Very interested to try this pair of wines made by Gerard Bertrand, and stocked by UK retailer Marks & Spencer. They’re not what you would associate with the natural wine movement (Bertrand is a conventional producer making some very smart commercial Languedoc wines), but they are both made without any added sulfur dioxide, or indeed additives of any kind.
I was impressed by them. The Cabernet Sauvignon was marginally more compelling than the Chardonnay: it’s made in a big, burly style, and has plenty of concentration and richness. Interestingly, I went back to both wines a day after opening, and they’d held up well. Indeed, the Cabernet was actually better on day 2 than on day 1: it was a little bit smoother and richer.
Gerard Bertrand Naturae Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Pays D’Oc, France
No added sulfites. 15% alcohol. Rich, sweet, bold and vivid with a spicy, earthy edge to the ripe black fruits, as well as some grippy tannins. Drying and grippy, with real structure. A rich, bold style with ripe sweet fruit underpinned by drying structure, although on day 2 it tastes smoother. Nice density of fruit. 89/100 (£9.99 Marks & Spencer)
Gerard Bertrand Naturae Chardonnay 2011 Pays D’Oc, France
No added sulfites. 13.5% alcohol. Nutty, appley and warm with some pear notes. Attractive mealy edge to the fruit, which is rounded and has a pleasant almond character. Distinctive, drinkable and food friendly, and holds up well in the fridge overnight. 88/100 (£9.99 Marks & Spencer)