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Gérard Bertrand Terroir Fitou 2011 Wine Review

Gérard Bertrand Terroir Fitou 2011

Gérard Bertrand Terroir Fitou 2011

Midi A.C., France

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 23

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Price: $17.95

Drink: 2015-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Gérard Bertrand

Agent: FWM Canada

Natalie's Score: 92/100

Juicy-delicious, absolutely wonderful aromas and flavours of fleshy black jam, blackberry pie and some smoke. This is a dry, full-bodied wine but the riot of aromas are amazing.

Food pairings: grilled pork chops, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, lentil dishes.

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This Gérard Bertrand Terroir Fitou 2011 was reviewed on November 14, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Gerard Bertrand ably leads you on a tour of the great Mediterranean-influenced terroirs of Southern France - a tall task given the oceans of one-dimensional, underwhelming wines that are often produced there. The 2011 Fitou is masterful, featuring crushed plum and berries, lavender and herbs, hung meat, and a touch of baking spice. 92 Points. (ottawawinejournal.com)
Lynn van der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

A surprising find! Enticing dark jams, baking spices and a hint of eucalyptus follow through on the palate, with a good backbone of tannins making this a perfect match for steak. A wonderful display of how perfect Grenache and Carignan can be together!
Tom Vigeant rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Lovely ripe dark cherry aromas on the nose. Firm tannins, full bodied, Mediterrenean sun-soaked dark fruit and moderate oaking well supported by a bright acidity. Another solid offering from this great producer.
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

From a vineyard nestled between the mountains of the Corbieres and, the waters and beaches of the Mediterranean comes this succulent red wine blend of Grenache and Carignan. Strawberry compote, raspberry, black cherry, vanilla,warm spices, smoke and oak fill the nose. The palate is full-bodied, silky and balanced with refreshing acidity. I also detected a touch of saline. Long length on an elegant fruit driven finish. This really is a beautiful wine. Pair with Mediterranean inspired dishes or on it's own.
Tasted: March 2015
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Strawberry, raspberry and smoke on the nose. The palate offers the same along with some vanilla, cinammon and red licorice flavors. The finish is remarkably soft and velvety.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Delicious and full of flavour. This wine is a combination of grenache and carignan. Fruity aromas include jammy blackberry and currants, mingled with pepper and smoke. Medium to full bodied, soft but balanced, tannins are subtle and not pronounced. Delicious. Prime rib roast or maybe grilled lamb would be fantastic.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Smoky ripe black plums, bacon, currants and black pepper, and dried herb aromas. The taste is jammy, smoky, and more refined than the aromas would indicate. The mouth-feel starts a touch watery, turns silky, then some fine tannins grab you. Try pairing with a lentil or black bean soup.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Tasted the 2011 vintage in 2015. This wine is a deep ruby red. Showing prominent blackberry and sour cherry, slight earthy notes,
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Fitou wines are some of my favs. This one is right up there. Great fruit concentration including ripe dark berries, apple pie, and baking spice. Very refreshing acidity, and the structure to support just about any meal you choose to enjoy with it. 90 points. Tasted March 2015. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Lovely aromas of strawberries and cherries on the nose. Lots of juicy ripe red berries and subtle baking spices and the slightest hint of sage on the full-bodied palate and lingering on the smooth finish.
Astrid Young - Sommelier ISG CAPS rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Cedar and smoke right up front, and a decidedly more rustic profile overall; overripe, cooked and reductive aspects, brandied Orange Peel notes, and a slightly syrupy finish. Chewy foresty tannins, compost and dried leaf notes, creosote, grilled meat. Speaking of grilled meat, that might work best here: grilled lamb chops, roast leg of lamb on the rotisserie, or a nice prime rib would do just fine.
Alex & Priya - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Alex: A touch roasted to the nose, cooked raspberry/blackberry, mossy forest floor, and cream. Well balanced and powerfully structured, with a rocky herbal finish and firm, chalky tannin. Fine value. 88 pts
Olivier de Maisonneuve rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

With its aromas of jams, dough and soft spices,it's a bit like entering a french pastry shop,with the lady behind the counter greeting you with a high pitched voice:Monsieur,Madame,Bonjour! The mouth is lively and tasty,with fresh berries flavor,a hint of smoke and some surprising minerality. Would love to try it with some paté in a pastry case, or a beef wellington
Philippe Perreault, Sommelier rated this wine as 84/100 with the following review:

It's ablend of Grenache and Carignan.

Deep purple color.

The nose is powerfull with notes of blackberry, cherry and smoke.

The wine is hot, chewy, full-bodied, delicate and long.

Try it with BBQ pork chops.

Serve it at 15-17 degrees.

Ready to drink but can be aged 3-5 years.
Jean Francois reviewed this wine as follows:

Ok, mothing amazing
Winemaker Gerard Bertrand loves the Mediterranean lifestyle. The vineyard for this wine lies between the mountains of Corbières and the lakes and beaches along the Mediterranean coastline in southern France. The Fitous region has a wide range of micro-climates and soils. This full-bodied red finishes with dark spices. - Community Wine Reviews

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