Château Laville Bertrou
Château Laville Bertrou is a benchmark in the Minervois-La-Livinière wine region. North-west of Narbonne, the vines of Château Laville Bertrou stand on an exceptional terroir, synonymous with the great wines of Languedoc.
To the north-west of Narbonne, in the Minervois wine region, the vines of Château Laville Bertrou are situated on an exceptional terroir in the Minervois-La Livinière, a terroir which is synonymous with the great wines of Languedoc. This property was bought by Gérard Bertrand in 1997 and is outstanding. It produces powerful and classical award-winning wines.
Château Laville Bertrou is a benchmark in the Minervois-La-Livinière area, an appellation officially recognized in 1998. The property reigns over a landscape of hillsides which evoke a feeling of heat and the hostility of nature.
The vines are surrounded by a typically Mediterranean landscape with garrigue all around and the lulling chant of cicadas. La Livinière is one of the hottest places in Languedoc with very high temperatures every year. It is a sunny terroir, hot but never arid thanks to the chalky subsoil which holds large volumes of water.
The little plots of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre, enclosed in traditional dry stone walls, give their all without suffering drought. The Viala 2011 is extremely concentrated and smooth with a magnificent density.
The Château’s 8 hectares of plots are split into many smaller plots. Back in the 19th century sheep farming was more important in this region so shepherds built low stone walls to enclose their land. These stone walls are now part of the character of the property. The plots have been cleared of stones from the days when they were planted with wheat, olives and vines, the classic Mediterranean trio. These plots now produce Le Viala, a wine which represents the excellence and character of Chateau Laville Bertrou.
If Chateau Laville Bertrou was a colour: grey with shades of grey-green reminiscent of the chalky soil.
If Château Laville Bertrou was a person: Corto Maltes, a gentleman with a cheeky side and a resilient character.
The time of day would be sunset.
A sunny terroir, hot but never arid thanks to the chalky subsoil which retains large volumes of water. The vines are set in a typical Mediterranean landscape, surrounded by garrigue and lulled by the song of cicadas.
Area of vines
At an altitude of 150 metres, the vineyard is spread over sunny terraces composed of several plots of Syrah, Black Grenache, Mourvèdre and some old stock of Black Carignan with limited yields.