The wines of the Corbières and Fitou areas
By Richard James
This Guide was last updated on 03 February 2010
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Address: Route de Narbonne-Plage,
Tel: 04 68 45 36 00 or 04 68 45 27 03 (cellar)
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 43:10:12N (43.16987) Longitude: 3:7:0E (3.11656)
Hospitalet is a beautiful estate located in a zone of the Languedoc unfortunately named La Clape, after the 200 metre high range of craggy hills rising just a few kilometres from the sea. There are about 100 ha of vines surrounded by a vast area of wild scrub- and woodland. Best wines include their ‘Grand Vin’ red, limited release L’Hospitalitas (featuring a high proportion of Mourvèdre) and a very good white too. Gérard Bertrand’s company is one of the most dynamic, and increasingly heavyweight, in the south. He also owns Domaine de Villemajou in Corbières-Boutenac (the single site ‘La Forge’ red from Villemajou is very special), Château Laville Bertrou in Minervois-La Livinière, Domaine Cigalus (the Bertrand family home where they make an excellent pair of Vin de Pays d'Oc varietal blends from ‘international’ grapes) and Domaine de l'Aigle on the hills south of Limoux, where some fine Chardonnay is being made and Pinot Noir looks promising. They have also formed partnerships with cooperatives in Tautavel, across the hills in the Roussillon, and elsewhere in the Languedoc to develop an upmarket branded range of reds. At the estate is an on-site hotel and restaurant (see ‘Places to Stay’) where they hold regular art exhibitions and an annual jazz festival in summer among other events.
Useful information: You can taste from the entire Gérard Bertrand range in the cellar & shop; open daily 09.00-19.00 (sometimes closed over lunch).
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