GigondasAOC, Rhone / Red / Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault / Organic
Gigondas AOC, Rhone
La Belle Cime comes from the chalky terraces above Gigondas at an altitude of up to 520 metres. Infused with red marl, this wine of predominantly Grenache Noir is powerful with subtle tension. Planted in 1975, the vines were still planted by Adrien's grandfather. After the harvest, the grapes are destemmed, gently pressed and then fermented spontaneously in concrete. The wine is also aged exclusively in concrete. A lighter expression of Gigondas than you might expect, it is fragrant, vibrant and very moreish.
Notes on the producer
After studying wine and some work experience in Burgundy and California, Adrien took over his Grandfather Raymond Bertrand in 2009. The first year he moved to organic viticulture, certified in 2012 and since 2020 he is applying Biodynamic principles. Agriculture is a work of patience, and it took him 10 years to get nature back on track with healthy living soils. The move towards biodynamic viticulture is the continuity of his philosophy.
The Domaine covers 20ha, all the work is done manually by a close-knit team surrounding Adrien. One thing is for sure, he doesn’t count the hours spent in his vines!
In Greek mythology Gaia, mother of earth gave birth to several children, among them Ourea, Goddess of the mountains. A nod to the highest plot of the estate that is found high up in the Dentelles de Montmirail.