Château l’Hospitalet

Gérard Bertrand’s domain is impressive as much for the quality of his wines as to the work that was accomplished. Renown and well-known, the G. Bertrand brand is the reference of Languedoc’s renewal. The Autrement rouge variety ADC Côteaux du Languedoc fills out the mouth and ends on a note of vivacity and aromas of leather, liquorice and spice. The Cigalus Blanc Vin de Pays d’Oc is a great white wine with an intense perfume of citrus fruit, peach, honey and dried fruit. Gerard Bertrand, child of the region, man of wine and rugby, bought the Hospitalet with 80 hectares of vines and 11,000 of garrigues in 2002. Vines show up ad infinitum in the chalky, dry and sunny monastic décor of la Clape. A small island occupied 25 centuries ago by the Phoenicians and Greeks, baptized by the Romans “Insula Laci” that might be the cradle of the vine in Gaul. Vermentine, grenache blanc, syrah and mourvèdre bloom in bourboulenc, an historical variety. Hôtel, restaurant and stores complete the domain, with a contemporary winery and an underground cellar containing 2,000 barrels. Hospitality is an art to be cultivated; with the tramontane blows a wind of creativity: Art festival, jazz concerts, encounters around the truffle, wine harvests. Something is always happening at the castle.